Angela Funk 's Entries

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  • 01 Dec 2010
    I am a fashion designer, I'm also a survivor of two heart transplants. I had my first in 2005 at the age 21, and my second in December 2009, only 43 days after my wedding. My amazing husband sat by my hospital bed, and slept on ICU floors just to be near me. At that time he wasn't even my husband. he was my boyfriend, and then one day when I could leave the hospital, he asked me to marry him and became my finance.  When my husband (Joe) asked me to marry him, I was in the process of having heart failure. The heart the Doctors had transplanted four years earlier had turned against me. I was hospitalized weeks at a time, while the Doctors did many surgery's trying to stop, then slow down the rate I was dying. Finally they told me, and Joe (who at that time was my finance) that I would need another heart transplant completely. It was a very painful time for the both of us faced with pain, and my possible death, yet it was an extraordinarily happy time for us. We had eachother, and we had life together to look forward to. We were married, and were as poor as anyone ever was. I could not work because of my health. He would not leave my side, but some how we survived, and we proved love conquers all. At 1:00AM on the 20th of December, my phone rang, and on the other end of the line was the news there was a heart for me available. We drove to the hospital, and about 19 hours later I was in surgery. I don't really remember Christmas (which also is my birthday). I do remember Joe putting his laptop up with a full screen fire place. I remember Joe there with a Santa hat on with a very small Christmas tree. I remember lots, and lots of pain. So one might ask, why is Angela a fashion designer? Why isn't she in medical school, researching the heart, and how it works, and why is she not interested in inventing the worlds next medication for heart transplant patients.  I know there are two sides to every heart. There is the physical side of the heart, and there is also what I'm going to call the spiritual side of the heart. Even though my physical heart was dying, waiting, and very sick. My spirit heart was very much alive! Alive with the love for a man that had become so dear to me, alive with love of beautiful things. My spiritual heart did not die with my physical heart. The spirit inside me grew, and learned from my physical pains, and knew it could create beautiful things, because it had imagination, and creativity to share with the world. To be continued....
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  • I am a fashion designer, I'm also a survivor of two heart transplants. I had my first in 2005 at the age 21, and my second in December 2009, only 43 days after my wedding. My amazing husband sat by my hospital bed, and slept on ICU floors just to be near me. At that time he wasn't even my husband. he was my boyfriend, and then one day when I could leave the hospital, he asked me to marry him and became my finance.  When my husband (Joe) asked me to marry him, I was in the process of having heart failure. The heart the Doctors had transplanted four years earlier had turned against me. I was hospitalized weeks at a time, while the Doctors did many surgery's trying to stop, then slow down the rate I was dying. Finally they told me, and Joe (who at that time was my finance) that I would need another heart transplant completely. It was a very painful time for the both of us faced with pain, and my possible death, yet it was an extraordinarily happy time for us. We had eachother, and we had life together to look forward to. We were married, and were as poor as anyone ever was. I could not work because of my health. He would not leave my side, but some how we survived, and we proved love conquers all. At 1:00AM on the 20th of December, my phone rang, and on the other end of the line was the news there was a heart for me available. We drove to the hospital, and about 19 hours later I was in surgery. I don't really remember Christmas (which also is my birthday). I do remember Joe putting his laptop up with a full screen fire place. I remember Joe there with a Santa hat on with a very small Christmas tree. I remember lots, and lots of pain. So one might ask, why is Angela a fashion designer? Why isn't she in medical school, researching the heart, and how it works, and why is she not interested in inventing the worlds next medication for heart transplant patients.  I know there are two sides to every heart. There is the physical side of the heart, and there is also what I'm going to call the spiritual side of the heart. Even though my physical heart was dying, waiting, and very sick. My spirit heart was very much alive! Alive with the love for a man that had become so dear to me, alive with love of beautiful things. My spiritual heart did not die with my physical heart. The spirit inside me grew, and learned from my physical pains, and knew it could create beautiful things, because it had imagination, and creativity to share with the world. To be continued....
    Dec 01, 2010 3337