Joanne Shenandoah Transplant Drive
The email for specific questions can be sent to email@example.com. Kindly be patient as we undertake this most amazing and wonderful task for such a talent!!
With respect and gratitude we appreciate your support and look forward to hearing from you!
It is growing into a beautiful spring here in the Iroquois homelands. Every day there are those who give me a hug or send me a letter and a prayer. Many people greet me with emotion and tears, which surprises and moves me. I am ever grateful that my presence was missed while I am thinking about the future as the “wait” for the liver transplant becomes slower than I had hoped. To date the medical costs have exceeded $450,000.
Something I hadn’t mentioned prior was that last January 1, 2016 as the world was making their New Year’s resolutions, I was in the hospital at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Syracuse when my husband Doug George stumbled down the hall to the ER where he had a heart attack. This past July he was hit by a dump truck and now needs spine surgery. He is in a lot of pain. We are trying our best to keep a positive approach to each day, yet our financial goals have not come close to our needs. I’ve sent requests for contracts to do lectures, recordings, concerts and to conduct weddings since I am an interfaith minister. Although I am not yet 100% I must, of necessity, return to work.
I am writing this letter to ask you to share my story with those who support my career and are inspired by my music. The past 22 months have been a challenge but this has been met because of your generosity and spiritual assistance.
My next report is due in early June followed by a trip back to the Mayo Clinic in Florida for more tests. So far, I am holding steady.
Musically and gratefully yours,
Good day and a very big welcome to the beautiful gifts of the bird songs, maple syrup, multiple flowers and sunshine here in Central NY.
Like the rings on a tree, everyday seems to bring new hope – for circles and cycles of lifel
I’m writing this note for those of you who haven’t forgotten my on-going medical situation, as there was a recent post on facebook saying that I’ve been approved for my transplant. I’ve been on the “List” of approved transplant patients for months now, but I’m not ill enough (i.e., no other health issues such as diabetes, high blood pressure, etc) which puts me on a waiting list. I must head back to the Mayo clinic in September for more testing, as I am susceptible to cancer and more infections than most due to a compromised immune system. I try to eat well, and get my rest while I’ve been looking at some new potential recording projects, writing my book and holding the sacred healing space open for a full recovery through deep meditation and music.
Since my last update, I’ve been offered a place to stay in Jacksonville. Prayers and miracles! Meanwhile, we are still in dire need of additional financial support as my husband Doug will soon be getting spine surgery for an accident last July and has been in serious pain ever since. Please consider sharing this with all your friends.
It has been a very painful journey as you know with my impending transplant and decision to return to this sphere to continue to write music and experiences of life which have graced my existence. Our Iroquois people had such amazing fortitude and to continue our ceremonies, sing songs and give the world the gift of art, speech and wisdom of our ancestors.
Where ever you are I write to you with gratitude, peace and hope for new beginnings as mother earth prepares to show us her resilient energy.
Spring is nearly here and I just finished my testing at the Mayo clinic once again. It took a lot of effort on my part for 11 appointments in two days. Seems as though perhaps my veins have been stuck so much that it was difficult for them to find a vein to put an IV in and the overall testing was long. It took me several days to recover.
The news is that my meld score has dropped 2 points, and I remain on the list for a liver transplant, but considered “inactive”. I will not get a transplant unless I live in Florida or am 6 hours away from Jacksonville, FL, so I am looking far and wide for someone who may know of a guest house or property from October through March this coming fall. I pray I will get the transplant soon, although my meld score is lower and others who have a greater need because they have more health problems than I do, are the ones who get the transplant priority.
Primarily, I am meditating for the scarring on my liver to disappear. I’ve been told, if it weren’t for my healthy diet and lifestyle, chances are I would not have survived the damage done to my system during the CDIFF, double pneumonia and multiple organ failure. I know this last February – August was extremely difficult and at least I am able to walk and get around, but have to keep my events on a slower pace and not overdo anything. This is very hard to do since I am generally a very active person.
Meditation for up to 3 hours per day has helped greatly, and I generally feel a great sense of peace.
I’ve begun my book and the translation to the ancestral dreams that I’ve been having. I’ve also sought out some of my friends who have ancestry in those dreams for their insights on my dreams, which I will include in my book. They are: Tibetan, Inuit, Celtic, and Chinese so far.
I am asking for special prayers for family and myself during this time, as things are very tenuous financially.
I feel as though my voice has a deep sense of clarity and power that I haven’t heard before and am anxious to get back into the studio to record. In addition I have done a few small presentations on the Vibration of Healing through the Arts – Lifting the Soul through Music.
Please share my story and I hope that your friends will be inspired. The help I have received so far has given me such inspiration and hope.
I’ve begun writing my book about life’s experiences and look forward unveiling the vibration of prayer, music, words and hope which have brought me through this far.
It is unclear if I will remain on the list for the transplant which doctors say is inevitable. I am a long way away from the financial goal we set as the bills continue to pour in. This time not just for me but my husband as well. This illness surely did take it’s toll on us in every way. In only 1 month I must make the trek back to Mayo clinic to rule out cancer and to see where my levels take me. The travel costs have been astronomical.
Please share my story and music with others. Again, we certainly appreciate your prayers and the financial support each of you have had a part in.
Perhaps my story will bring others hope as well and 2017 will not be a challenge of change, but one of transformation and peace.
With continued blessings,
I am so shocked and deeply saddened to hear about Joanne. I live on a monthly check and can't afford to spend anymore this month, but will try hard to give next month. If we all do our part (whatever we can give) no matter how big or small, we can reach the goal! So, I hope everyone joins me and gives even a little, because in this situation every little bit helps! You are in my prayers Joanne, I have been following your career since you were very young! You have brought me so much joy through your music, that I will give as soon as we get our next check. Peace and love to you! Prayers...
I am happy to hear that spirit, love, support and healthy eating have pulled you through this far and your levels are down and you honored yet another Birth Celebration. Happy Belated Birth Day :*) The song you share and the song within, carries much healing from all over the world. May your spirit remain hopeful and your smile continues. Looking great one day at a time. ♥
Helping and giving is what we do as humans. We have been blessed by his wonderful woman's voice for many years. Now is the time we can give back. We give what we can and put her in our thoughts and prayers. I hear your voice as I write, Joanne
If you are on a "list", does that mean you're waiting for a donor liver? Can you use a "living donor"? I'm sure that I and many others would be honored to donate, if we are a match. Can you post here about whether that is an option? http://www.americantransplantfoundation.org/about-transplant/living-donation/about-living-donation/living-liver-donation
Aloha Joanne. I am praying for you to get the transplant you need and wish I could help. Please research the supplement MSM. It does wonders for scar tissue and general congestive disorders that impede cell function. It is completely non toxic, derived from evergreens. Best wishes!
Leah, I sent you an email with a lead to a place to stay in Jacksonville.
She looks like my sister... Does she need a Organ? Bet we would match....
Hello, I am so sorry to hear of your health problems. I pray that you will receive a new liver soon. I received a transplant in 2013 and was very ill in the hospital for a long time before and after. My sister downloaded some music onto an Ipod and I listened to it non stop. Included in the download were 4 of your songs from the Prayer for Peace album. Your beautiful songs were such a comfort to me and still are. I am healthy now and was able to go on 21 hikes this past year and also spent a week at Standing Rock. I am leaving a donation in gratitude for the peace you gave me while I was ill. Many prayers and blessings for your healing.
Hang in there Joanne and know the power of prayer and music will hold you... My husband just enjoyed his 2nd Birthday having a successful Liver Transplant Nov. 2014!! He was so ill with C-Diff and pulled through to get his Liver in New Orleans! His music helped save him I am certain and he lives to sing!!!
Joanne - I too had renal failure and following sepsis, cdiff took over due to the heavy antibiotics needed to kill the bugs in my blood system. I can understand clearly what has happened to you and I pledge my support and I will help in all the ways I can. Much love to you. You are such a brave person and a model for the rest of us Haudenosaunee and all others.
I'm so thrilled to hear you are doing better! I totally believe that the World needs you and Creator will not let you leave yet! How wonderful that Leah helped turn things around for you. Daughters are such a blessing. What a lesson that our bodies are so overworked by all the chemicals and toxins that we put on and in our Mother. Organic may be more expensive, but your story has made me re-commit to eating organic as much as I can. Thank you for this update. It's made my heart sing today! Hugs, and much love, Darcy
I always want to send something but it never works out. I will eventually. So happy to see how well supported you are and in such a short time. You are in my heart, especially when i listen to your beautiful voice.
I too am on a monthly check, so I send my prayers and love.
Happy birthday Joanne!!!
My sincerest hopes for your full recovery and the aid of everyone in the process. I'm so glad to know you and your family.
Sending love from my heart to you all. I am so happy you have given me the opportunity to share my little piece of moolah. Thank you! Love and Peace from Portland, Anne, Nico, Ward and so many others.