Eric Slade

Soaring again

Rec PictureRedtail Hawks soar gracefully, majestically, seemingly suspended in the blue sky. In some cultures the hawk represents a heightened perspective, dignity and vision. Specific to the Celtic culture, the hawk is a symbol of a life of variety and adventure.

To illustrate the myriad of physical and emotional feelings before and after heart transplant, is best described with simple words.

As it was: (with Congestive Heart Failure)      

Weak                                                                              

Tired                                                                         

Breathless                                                                

Exhausted                                                                

Sluggish                                                                   

Frustration                                                                

Helplessness

Swollen

Life Support                                                             

Tears (of sorrow)                                                     

    

As it was: (with the Gift of Life, a heart)

Strength

Endurance

Adventure

Blessing

Hope

Independence

Graditude

Laughter

Live

Tears – of Joy  

Having received the Gift of Life has heightened my perspective and outlook. Given back my dignity and provided a new vision of the world and my role in it. I now try to lead a life of variety and adventure. Like the Redtail Hawk, I too am “soaring again”.

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