Maggie’s Liver

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My name is Maggie Shook, a professional jazz piano player and my story begins in June 2009. A year after being diagnosed with End Stage Liver disease, I had resigned myself to a very short but full life. My parents were none too pleased with my decision and sought guidance from the Liver Support Group at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville. They left the meeting with not only guidance but hope.

Encouraged by their enthusiasm I submitted my records to Mayo and began evaluation on June 28, 2009. After extensive testing and meeting with numerous doctors, social workers and counselors, I was accepted and listed for liver transplant on July 27, 2009. Thus began the waiting period. As my health continued to decline so did my ability to perform. I became a virtual 29 year old shut in, only attending support group meetings when possible and hospital visits when necessary. While waiting I experienced major bumps in the road, one of which required removing my name from the list until I was well enough to be listed again. Those of us who have experienced waning health have a sixth sense of the end – perhaps a revelation. In October, I knew my time was limited. That changed in the wee morning hours of October 12th, I received “THE CALL”.

I arrived at Mayo Clinic around 2 a.m. and was sporting a brand new liver by 2 p.m. that afternoon. Columbus had discovered a new country and I discovered a new life. Thus, I became a member of the Mayo Family. Every individual involved in my care and recovery has become an important part of my life. I can never thank the decision makers at Mayo for the opportunity of a second chance at life.

As I look forward to being able to play piano again, I consider each day a gift from God and the ultimate gift from my donor, whom I will honor each day by treasuring the gift of life.

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4 Responses to “Maggie’s Liver”

  1. Dottie Stone Says:

    Maggie, we now have a CD out, go to website and listen to some. May or may not appeal. It’s called “Madoff with the Money’. Bill keeps wanting to do some more work on our website, but no time. Right now, we’re working on a benefit for Children’s Medical Services in Gainesville on july 22nd. As I like to say “I do the planning, he does the pickin, you’ll see us on TV’!!

  2. Dottie Stone Says:

    I know your sister Amanda. I also know a FABULOUS jazz singer in the Daytona area. Where are you? Let me know when you’re up and at ’em again, you gorgeous creature. Love and Hugs, Dottie Stone

  3. Shopping Market Says:

    I desired to tell you hello there. I have been dropping by your web site.

  4. Linda Rockey Says:

    Welcome to the world of Mayofans! My life was saved here 8 years ago and the day of surgery is the only anniversary I celebrate. I celebrate by taking homemade treats to my surgeon. As you know there are not words to describe the care we’ve received but what we can do is spread the word and live each day to its fullest. I’m a jazz fan as well so when you have a CD out please let me know so I can buy it. Wishing you a life filled with health, happiness and access to the health care you need. I hope that someday every citizen of this country is afforded health care like we have been privileged to receive.

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