Johns New Lungs Recovery

$8,120 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 53 people in 38 months
John Herzig, who grew up in Bartlesville and has spent the last several years as Superintendent of Schools in Shidler, Oklahoma, has met with a not-so-great situation.  John, who is 58, and lives on a small farm near Enid, was diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, which is a terminal disease, and his lungs were carrying 36% of his needed capacity to live.

He had to retire early from his job, and began wearing oxygen full time a few months ago.  John had been examined and was told that with his lungs, he should not expect to live past June of this year.  He was then told that a complete lung transplant was necessary in regards to his being able to live.

He was checked and rechecked, signed up for it and began to wait.  John received a call from the Dr.’s in Dallas a few weeks ago, and eight hours later was in surgery and had his lungs replaced.  A donor was available and John was the willing recipient.

He has had mostly great luck with the surgery, and is now in an apartment in Dallas, for the next year, within 20 minutes of the hospital, trying to recover.  He has had some setbacks with his body not accepting the entire transplant, but he continues to hang on.

Money donated here, is to be used for Johns subsistence and care throughout the next year.  Except for the amount that the website takes, John will have direct access to any and all donations in their entirety.

This means so much as John's wife, Eutana, his two daughters Katie and Abbie and one grandson, Harry, are the reason he took the transplant, and living on that small farm in Enid will make the difference in the rest of John's life.
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Here is a link to an interview that was done relating to my lungs and the technology used to make it possible. Thank God for the surgeons and the individual who donated my lungs.

http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2016/06/01/new-technology-used-for-first-time-in-texas-to-transplant-unusable-lungs/

John
I look much better now. Lol
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Thank God!! Finally sprung from hospital prison today. On to the "half way house" apartment in Grand Praire. Freedom!!!! Lol.
Down 25 lbs.
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I would like to take a moment to let everyone know a bit about the process leading up to this fund site.

After seven months of testing and waiting to get on the transplant list my wife and I knew the time was coming to finally be approved for the list.

All transplant recipients are advised to set up a fund to help with costs. Between doctors visits and wrestling with the ups and downs of the vetting process, neither Tana or I had started to move on that process. It is not an easy one and takes time.

For the record, it is also hard for a person (me) to ask for any help. More on that later.

This is where three wonderful friends came aboard. Teresa Duesler, Stan Hankins, and Ralph Peck. After talking to Stan one day I mentioned that I needed to get started on my fund. "Oh, don't worry about that", he said. Teresa, Ralph, and I are already on it. Wow! What a relief! A few minutes later Teresa called and not long afterward Ralph helped an incompetent idiot computer dweeb set up the details. (There may have been others involved. If so thanks)

You cannot imagine the burden that relived from my family. Thank you so much my friends. Thank you so much my wonderful donators and prayer warriors. God bless you all.

As I said before. It is very hard for a proud man (perhaps too proud) to ask for help. I can do this! I don't need help! Here is the truth. God has a way of humbling all of us. Through any devastating disease there are many highs and lows. One cannot make it without God directly in your life. I am not saying God directly sent this disease to humble me, but rather because this illness came I learned that only through Jesus and the support and prayers of my loving friends and family I learned to allow the gifts of others to flow through his grace to me. Not too long ago I would have bulled on on my own and never felt the awesome love of Christ and all of my friends. I have learned that one cannot stand alone and needs God and friends through good and bad times. One must allow friends to do what they do best and what God means for them to do in his name.

God bless all of you and please take my humble advise. Don't wait for hard times to teach the lessons. Embrasse the power of our Lord and the warmth of your friendships

John


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Well, they said it will be a journey of peaks and valleys. Seems I have developed a clot in one of my veins. It's back in the hospital for a few days. Discouraged no, God has this handled. Thanks to all who are praying and donating.
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Renee Cooper Ebert
38 months ago

Thank you for sharing your recent heartfelt, open & vulnerable, informative, update. I believe people want to reach out & help others as they can; but first we DO have to ask for what we NEED! And yes absolutely, that's usually very humbling, for most people, but you are SO right it gives God an opportunity to do amazing things in us & for us!!! "The best of all ways to get your mind off your own troubles is to try to help someone else with his." Thank you for giving us the chance to encourage, support, & hopefully help you out a little. Blessings & Hugs to you & your family!

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Renee Cooper Ebert
38 months ago

Dear John, warm greetings to you from an old friend! Wow........... We never know what tomorrow will bring! I am SO sorry about this hard place in life, that your health has taken you. Yet I am grateful to know about this physical & emotional challenge you find yourself in, because I SO believe in the power of prayer, & in our God who can do amazingly more than we can dream or fathom. I trust you KNOW that & BELIEVE that also! It's the one thing that can make such a difference in how we "see" & go through life changing, uncontrollable things like this, that you find yourself IN. I wish that heartfelt caring, sincere love, & prayer, could be enough to cure these awful things on earth. But then, we wouldn't NEED God's touch & strength & peace, to help us, as we so desperately NEED HIM, in all of life, but especially in these kinds of battles. I am deeply saddened to hear of your struggle, or present battle. May it help in some small way to know that you & your loved ones will be lifted up in prayer, & that folks from all stages of your life care very much about you & have you held in their hearts & minds, to share prayers of Hope & the best that God has in store for you! May God's grace bring you & fill you with what you need from him, at just exactly the right time. May you feel his touch upon you & may you be held up by his power & strength. I pray also that you can rest in his comforting peace as you need it. Blessings & Heartfelt Hugs to YOU, Renee Cooper Ebert

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Debra R. Allen
38 months ago

Praying for your family katie...

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Claudia Micki Davis
38 months ago

Praying for a fast recovery. You are in our prayers.... Tanya & Micki Davis

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Geri Eggers Ayers
38 months ago

John, we continue to keep you in our hearts and prayers. Take care of your body, and the rest of us will try to help you meet your financial needs. Blessings to you, dear friend.

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Iris Hildabrand
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Tad Clinger
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Cliff Meek
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Kacee Van Horn
37 months ago

Lotsa prayers going up for John!

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Tina Geis
37 months ago

Long time friend of Bambi, and her brother's and sister. I am so happy for you!! In memory of my mother 2011 IPF.

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Mary 'Hughes' Hudson
37 months ago

John, I'm so thankful for your testimony and your ability to communicate your love for the Lord. I can't help but think of Philippians 4: 4-7 in your situation and that is my prayer for you and your family!

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38 months ago
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Renee Cooper Ebert
38 months ago

Thank you for sharing your recent heartfelt, open & vulnerable, informative, update. I believe people want to reach out & help others as they can; but first we DO have to ask for what we NEED! And yes absolutely, that's usually very humbling, for most people, but you are SO right it gives God an opportunity to do amazing things in us & for us!!! "The best of all ways to get your mind off your own troubles is to try to help someone else with his." Thank you for giving us the chance to encourage, support, & hopefully help you out a little. Blessings & Hugs to you & your family!

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Renee Cooper Ebert
38 months ago

Dear John, warm greetings to you from an old friend! Wow........... We never know what tomorrow will bring! I am SO sorry about this hard place in life, that your health has taken you. Yet I am grateful to know about this physical & emotional challenge you find yourself in, because I SO believe in the power of prayer, & in our God who can do amazingly more than we can dream or fathom. I trust you KNOW that & BELIEVE that also! It's the one thing that can make such a difference in how we "see" & go through life changing, uncontrollable things like this, that you find yourself IN. I wish that heartfelt caring, sincere love, & prayer, could be enough to cure these awful things on earth. But then, we wouldn't NEED God's touch & strength & peace, to help us, as we so desperately NEED HIM, in all of life, but especially in these kinds of battles. I am deeply saddened to hear of your struggle, or present battle. May it help in some small way to know that you & your loved ones will be lifted up in prayer, & that folks from all stages of your life care very much about you & have you held in their hearts & minds, to share prayers of Hope & the best that God has in store for you! May God's grace bring you & fill you with what you need from him, at just exactly the right time. May you feel his touch upon you & may you be held up by his power & strength. I pray also that you can rest in his comforting peace as you need it. Blessings & Heartfelt Hugs to YOU, Renee Cooper Ebert

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Debra R. Allen
38 months ago

Praying for your family katie...

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Claudia Micki Davis
38 months ago

Praying for a fast recovery. You are in our prayers.... Tanya & Micki Davis

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Geri Eggers Ayers
38 months ago

John, we continue to keep you in our hearts and prayers. Take care of your body, and the rest of us will try to help you meet your financial needs. Blessings to you, dear friend.

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