My Glory Was I Had Such Friends
At age 25 Amy Silverstein underwent a heart transplant. She struggled to stay alive with her new heart for 25 years. Then, at the age of 50, her doctors informed her that her donor heart, though it had lasted a length of time never hear of among transplant specialists, was finally too damaged by the cumulative effects of slow organ rejection to keep her alive. She went back on the organ transplant list and began the agonizing wait for a match. Along the way she became so ill and her heart so weak that she was hospitalized in agonizing pain to wait for several weeks for a donor match. When Amy was hospitalized, nine of her friends (some who barely knew each other) formed an alliance to be there for her, no matter what, no matter how long, no matter the cost. A spreadsheet was created and nine women put busy family and career lives on hold to take turns at sleepless nights to hold Amy through the pain and prop her spirits up when she felt like giving up. These friends made sure there was at least one (and many times two) of them present every minute of Amy’s time in the hospital waiting for a life saving heart. Despite disagreements, personality clashes, sleepless night after sleepless night, high cost flight alterations, and a dozen other life events that might cause others to falter, every woman showed up again and again for her scheduled time with Amy. This is an amazing, true story of the power of friendship to heal and achieve miracles, and a valuable lesson in our need to feel needed and wanted in this world.