I have read about transplant recipients who have quit taking their immunosuppressant drugs and have not experienced rejection. Is this possible?
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@garyandrade If you’ve ever delved into this topic, you may have come across stories about how a transplant recipient had memories of the donor’s past traumas or perhaps read the book A Change of Heart by Claire Sylvia, a memoir about her heart transplant and how she experienced the donor’s love of certain food and drink. Each and every one of these stories can be dismissed as hocum. Personally, I think it’s a matter of what do you want to see or believe. How can any of these things be explained with full certainty? Are the changes physiological or psychological or both? Is cell memory a real “thing”? Who knows? I *do* know it’s a fascinating subject.
There are two odd changes I’ve experienced. One, I abhor seafood of any kind and pre-transplant I was a fan. Second, I am no longer afraid of spiders. I didn’t have a conscious thought about it; nothing bubbled up and announced the revelation. I was at an outdoor gathering and there were two writing spiders in their web at the end of the porch and I just reached out and touched it without thinking about it. No fear whatsoever. It was surreal. I don’t *like* them, but the squeamishness I used to have is gone. I don’t react the same. The seafood thing was a physical reaction. My husband asked me to Red Lobster for a meal and I thought I would puke just thinking about it. Haven’t had seafood or fish since Oct. 2014. Which was when I received a new liver. There are some other odd changes like my taste in music, an obsession with color, creative expression wakened. Some I’m sure can be explained because of meds or age appropriateness or having a second chance at life. Whatever the reasons, I’m happy for the changes and my life has never been better!
@glinda How are you doing now? I was hit by a car in 1976 and remember it well. I hope your Physical Therapy is getting you back in shape. Hugs.