My Face Has Changed Again – What a Gift!

  • By Carmen
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  • Wednesday, February 27, 2013
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  • 33 Comments

I could never have imagined the overwhelming feelings I encountered after my surgery. I could freely move my head from side to side without the usual scar discomfort I have felt for almost six years now. I cried with such a deep appreciation for the persons truly responsible for giving me this gift: this new physical freedom.

I am so grateful for all that have been watching over me with such tenderness and loving care. I know how truly blessed I am, and will have such a nice reflection in the mirror to remind myself what selfless really is.

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

33 Responses to My Face Has Changed Again – What a Gift!

  1. Stephanie smith says:

    You are my hero

  2. Sharon Stevenson says:

    Your journey is a hard one, but you have endured and persevered and I have great respect for you. Your positive attitude is wonderful! Blessings and healing in the name of the Lord!

  3. Courtney Stevens says:

    Carmen I am so happy for you! You are an incredible person and an inspiration to millions. I cannot wait for your book to come out and hope to see you again soon =)

  4. Tonya Carpenter says:

    Carmen, we are all so incredibly honored to have you share every experience you encounter with us. I know there are many people waiting to hear more of the updates from the press conference and news bulletins that are being done. We love you Carm,

  5. Richelle Powers says:

    I just want to say that you are such an inspiration to me. I don’t think anyone can imagine what you’ve went through but telling your story will give so much strength to those who need it. I don’t know you yet, but I can’t wait to get to finally meet you this fall!

  6. Ray Duey says:

    Carmen:
    The tears I have right now for your courage I shed proudly. May your life’s journey be ever more wondrous with each day !! Hugs and pride to you !!

    Ray Duey

  7. Neena says:

    Best wishes for a brand new start. Your strength and courage are inspiring. Thank god for the surgeons and medical geniuses who gave you this new face and a more comfortable future.

  8. Dear Carmen, It is wonderful news that your surgery has been completed and you are continuing your healing journey with a new face! You are so courageous and so very inspiring. Thank you for sharing your story. Your book is a real gift to the world. Sending you lots of healing energy and many blessings. with love, Betty

  9. Kelly Taylor says:

    SOOOOOO HAPPY for you!!!!!!!!!!!!! So happy that you continue to spread and share your inner joy, intelligence, and spirit, with the world!!!!!!!! I cannot tell you how much you have helped me. I just can’t express it in words.

    Now onto more great adventures for you in this life I just know it. :)

  10. Brandi says:

    You are as beautiful as a human can be. I am so inspired by your strength, compassion, forgiveness and willingness to share your journey. What a blessing to so many!

  11. Rebecca says:

    I first heard your story this morning on the news regarding your surgery (I’m from California). After reading some of the news articles, I went to Amazon and bought the Kindle version of your book. I just finished it. It’s more than inspiration; it is a formula for happiness. We have more power than we give ourselves credit. Thank you for sharing your story and impacting my life and thousands of others. Good luck with your surgical healing.

  12. David says:

    What an amazing gift you have been given. Your message of hope will leave an impact in this world, and your story of courage is so inspirational.

  13. Jean says:

    Carmen, You are such a strong amazing woman. I am so happy for you that the surgery went well and it gives you hope. You give us all inspiration by the way you thrive. I wish you joy and happiness !

  14. Tara Call says:

    Carmen you are such an inspiration. One of the strongest people I know. When Im having a tough time, I think about all you have accomplished and been through and you give me strength to move forward. Thank you for the strength you have and show to everyone. You are such a beautiful woman and the most amazing woman. Xoxo

  15. Doris Zappala says:

    Carmen what an example and strong person you are. Our prayers are with you at St. Thomas Church. May God continue to give you strength and healing. In time I am sure you will be back at Isabell’s.
    The best to your wonderful family.
    Doris

  16. Michael says:

    Wow… I’m in awe of your strength. Thank you for being who you are. God really made a beautiful spirit when he made you.

  17. Andrea Chambers says:

    “Keep your face always toward the sunshine-and shadows will fall behind you.” ~Walt Whitman

    You really are the face of inspiration….. Thank-you for encouraging us all to realize whats truly important in life… love and courage.

    Andrea

  18. Thomas says:

    I disbelieved for so long and learned a few years ago; angels do walk among us everyday but we rarely ever notice. Not so much the winged creatures of myth but the everyday people giving everything that they have so others may live a better life. Bless you Carmen!

  19. Kirsten says:

    I am a random internet user in Hong Kong who is inspired by your courage and strength. I am sure you have heard it a hundred time, but I wanted you to know that your story has reached and touched more people than you will ever know.

  20. Kathleen says:

    Carmen, I am humbled and inspired by your story and incredible spirit. May God continue to bless you, your family, the medical team, and the donor’s family. I’m looking forward to reading your book. Best wishes! Kathleen

  21. To new beginnings and strong women like Carmen!

  22. Mary Gerdt says:

    Thank you for sharing your journey. You have great faith which is essential. I am a nurse too and appreciate and are grateful that there are people willing to help you do the impossible. best wishes, Love, mary

  23. Jo-Anne Dombrowdkas says:

    Carmen, I am happy to hear such great news. You are an inspiration. You have an amazing amount of courage. What has happened to you and how you have kept your spirt it truly remarkable. I am going to download your story. I have thought of you many times since leaving DH.I wish you a speedy recovery.

  24. Cathie Kiker-Lawrence says:

    Carmen, we are blessed to have you. Please continue to touch people with you courage strength and kindness. God be with you now and always.

  25. Tracie Webberson Nugent says:

    Carmen, i am soo happy for you, Best wishes for a speedy recovery!! Can’t wait to see the new you. You put a smile on many faces! Hugs!

  26. Carmen says:

    Thank you to all who have thought of me, prayedf or me, and given me so much support. I so appreciate the help.

  27. Michael Levy says:

    Carmen… praying for you and sending out every great vibe that’s in my pores. You were beautiful withOUT the transplant. But still looking forward to following your story.

  28. Elise says:

    You are such an incredible woman, courageous and inspiring. My thoughts and prayers are with you. God bless and watch over you on the rest of your journey. I am in awe of your obvious good heart and strength.

  29. Janet Breton says:

    Carmen, I just saw the conference from Brigham and Women’s. You are such an inspiration, you have been on an incredible journey, and I would like to thank you for sharing it with us. My thoughts and prayers will be with you as you continue. From one nurse to another, Janet :-)

  30. hitendra nandey says:

    you are the strongest women of this world,ever heard.may your rest of the life be full .of happiness

  31. arpita guha says:

    Carmen……I am from India..I read your story in readers digest march edition.I couldn’t stop myself from writing you..Carmen , you are a fighter..a true hero..a big salute to you..I also salute Marinda…whose selfless contribution has given you life

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