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As you read our thoughts and themes, other people – family and friends will something you will hear much about – that’s simply because other people, family and friends are so incredibly important in our journeys through life.
Guest writing for us is going to be a regular feature. The more the merrier in terms of experiences. We will have guests talking about all aspects of organ/tisse donation and transplantation. You will read their words, share with their voices through videos, and will, in all cases be invited to be friends with our friends.
This is Sharon Wentz, who lives in Corvallis, OR. Sharon is a Registered Nurse who works for Samaritan Health Services. She works in the Case Management Department as a Discharge Planner and is involved in Utilization Review. Sharon has nearly 30 years of nursing experience in Pediatric Dialysis/Apheresis, Critical Care, Oncology, both Pediatric and Adult Hospice Care, Case Management, and Healthcare Information Technology consulting. As you will learn from her posts, Sharon has very personal experience in the journey of kidney transplants and, as is true with Dave, has a unique perspective. But we’ll let her tell you her story. Sharon will be a frequent guest of Wellspring Transplant Support Center. Dave and Sharon worked together for many years. It is great to be back in touch.
We’re glad to welcome Tom Zucco’s thoughts. Tom spent over 20 years chasing down a variety of journalism challenges with the St. Petersburg Times. He was the beat reporter for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers back when they were known more for their creamsicle uniforms than their football success. He has been both a feature and a business writer. He has written music and concert reviews. He even did a large feature article on Dave’s work as a chaplain in a children’s hospital. Tom also claims some expertise at being a judge at various contests, most notably when they involve barbeque ribs. In all that Tom writes, he brings a different perspective, humor, and a deep sense of humanity to his subjects.
Tom and Dave have been friends since their daughters went to elementary school together. They have laughed through rounds of golf, even when they were marked by serious personal injury. They have worked together on numerous projects. But when Dave became acutely ill, it was Tom that Sandra and Dave came to depend on for both laughs and help. Tom is a noted journalist, but also a friend that helped us get though our times. We look forward to his perspectives at Wellspring Transplant Support Services.