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NANCY MICHAEL - A HOPE REVOLUTION

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You know you’re having a bad day when your doctor informs you that you were recently the subject of Boston’s Mortality and Morbidity Conference. It’s July 17, 2005. 7:13 a.m. Slowly I open my eyes to a picture-perfect day. Perfect only for a moment, until I learn where I am: lying in the intensive care unit at a major Boston medical facility. What I didn’t find out until later was I had been in that spot for two months, having been transferred after suffering what I thought were persistent low-grade nausea symptoms. I had undergone an emergency liver transplant and coded twice during my surgery––once for more than two minutes. The doctors had explained to my parents that I may not be the same cognitively. Brain surgery would follow. My husband filed for divorce after fifteen years of marriage - all of this while I was in a coma. I missed out on some things. End-of-year school activities for my children and my son’s birthday to name just two. I was unable to speak because of the endotracheal tube that had been inserted to keep me breathing while I lay comatose. These unexpected life experiences have provided me with a perspective that are eons away from where I was just a few years ago. •Multiple near-fatal complications. •Four months in the ICU. •Inner ear imbalance. •Loss of 1/3 of my body weight. •Failure to thrive. After six months, I had to move in my with my parents. I had 10 return visits within a six-month timeframe, including organ rejection episodes. At the end of the day, what didn’t kill me made me stronger, as they say. I’ve gained perspective from my adversity, and experienced unparalleled success since this ordeal. Though I wouldn’t wish such issues on anyone else, I’ve learned to be grateful for the experience. My intention is to provide women across the globe with a message of strength - a sort of “hope revolution” if you will... www.NancyMichaels.com info@nancymichaels.com

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