Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Gratitude heartfelt a year after transplant

Tammy Harper and her husband Gary of Palisade are trying to make the most of life since Tammy received a heart transplant a year ago.
THE GRAND JUNCTION SENTINEL | Amy Hamilton

Tammy Harper’s new heart works so well, it shakes her whole body a little bit when she sleeps.

The 52-year-old Palisade woman is just now figuring out what it feels like to feel good. She’s starting to realize that most people don’t go to bed tired and wake up feeling the same way, as was her routine for years.

In the past few years marked by severe health problems and a months-long stay in an Aurora hospital, Harper has reason to celebrate.

Last week Harper marked the one-year anniversary of her heart transplant surgery, a procedure that literally saved her life.

“I am living proof that organ donations work,” she said last week alongside her husband, Gary, looking over the grass fields from the backyard of their rural Palisade home. “I’m ready to live life on the good side.”

Besides feeling stronger, the one-year mark of having a new lease on life has another meaning for Harper. Continue reading
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