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6 Young Adult Books About Transplants

Going through a transplant can be extremely tiring, frustrating, and feeling like you’re in isolation. But you’re not alone! Here are 6 books that prove that:

1. “Faceless” by Alyssa Sheinmel
When Maisie Winters wakes up, she’s in the hospital. The last thing she remembers is running through the hills of her neighborhood one misty morning. Slowly, she puts the pieces together. Before she could make it home, a storm gathered. Lightning hit a power line and sparks rained down, the hot-burning electrical fire consuming her. Destroying her face. Where her nose, cheeks, and chin used to be, now there is…nothing. Maisie’s lucky enough to qualify for a rare medical treatment: a face transplant. At least, everyone says she’s lucky. But with someone else’s features staring back at her in the mirror, Maisie looks—and feels—like a stranger. The doctors promised that the transplant was her chance to live a normal life again, but nothing feels normal anymore. Before, she knew who she was—a regular girl who ran track and got good grades, who loved her boyfriend and her best friend. Now, she can’t even recognize herself. New York Times bestselling author Alyssa Sheinmel has created a gripping and gorgeously written tale of identity and love. This is a story of losing yourself and the long, hard fight to find your way back.

2. “Five Feet Apart” by Rachael Lippincott
In this moving story two teens fall in love with just one minor complication—they can’t get within five feet of each other without risking their lives. Can you love someone you can never touch? Stella Grant likes to be in control—even though her totally out of control lungs have sent her in and out of the hospital most of her life. At this point, what Stella needs to control most is keeping herself away from anyone or anything that might pass along an infection and jeopardize the possibility of a lung transplant. Six feet apart. No exceptions. The only thing Will Newman wants to be in control of is getting out of this hospital. He couldn’t care less about his treatments, or a fancy new clinical drug trial. Soon, he’ll turn eighteen and then he’ll be able to unplug all these machines and actually go see the world, not just its hospitals. Will’s exactly what Stella needs to stay away from. If he so much as breathes on Stella she could lose her spot on the transplant list. Either one of them could die. The only way to stay alive is to stay apart. But suddenly six feet doesn’t feel like safety. It feels like punishment. What if they could steal back just a little bit of the space their broken lungs have stolen from them? Would five feet apart really be so dangerous if it stops their hearts from breaking too?

3. “Things We Know By Heart” by Jessi Kirby
In this unforgettable novel, Quinn Sullivan falls for the recipient of her boyfriend’s donated heart. After Quinn’s boyfriend, Trent, dies in an accident their junior year, she reaches out to the recipients of his donated organs in hopes of picking up the fragments of her now-unrecognizable life. But whoever received Trent’s heart has chosen to remain silent. The essence of a person, Quinn has always believed, is in the heart. If she finds Trent’s, then in a way, she will still have a piece of him. Risking everything to get closure once and for all, Quinn goes outside the system to track down nineteen-year-old Colton Thomas, whose life has been forever changed by this priceless gift. But what starts as an accidental run-in quickly develops into something more, sparking an undeniable attraction. She doesn’t want to give in to it—especially since he has no idea how they’re connected—but the time Quinn spends with Colton makes her feel alive again. No matter how hard she’s falling for Colton, though, each beat of his heart reminds her of all she’s lost . . . and all that remains at stake.

4. “Heart To Heart” by Lurlene McDaniel
Elowyn Eden and Kassey Messechek are best friends. They share every aspect of their lives. But one thing Elowyn has not yet shared with Kassey is that she checked the organ donor box on her newly acquired driver's license. Kassey only learns of this in a startling and devastating way—when Elowyn's life-giving donor wishes are about to be honored. Arabeth St. Clair has not had the luck to have a best friend. Due to her diseased heart, she's led a sheltered life. When Arabeth is sixteen, she and her mother receive the call that will change their lives—but they don't know to whom they should be forever grateful. When the worlds of these three girls and their families intersect, lives are changed in ways never imagined. Most especially, it is Kassey who sees things differently, for she can keep alive the memory of her dear friend by sharing the renewed life of another teenage girl, while helping to ease the pain of the two families involved and coming to terms with her own.

5. “Saving Jessica” by Lurlene McDaniel
Jessica McMillian and Jeremy Travino are a perfect couple. But now Jessica has been diagnosed as having kidney failure. She is on dialysis three days a week and is so depressed that she's not sure she wants to live. Her one hope for a normal life is a kidney transplant, but she's an only child and her parents aren't suitable donors. Jeremy is determined to donate one of his kidneys to her, but his parents are terrified of losing their only child. Will Jeremy find the strength to go against his parent's wishes and do what he must to save Jessica?

6. “The Arrival of Someday” by Jen Malone
In this heartfelt and emotionally candid contemporary YA, author Jen Malone delves into the life of a teen whose world is brought to an abrupt halt when she learns she’s in dire need of an organ transplant. Hard-charging and irrepressible eighteen-year-old Amelia Linehan could see a roller derby opponent a mile away—and that’s while crouched down, bent over skates, and zooming around a track at the speed of light. They don’t call her Rolldemort for nothing! What she couldn’t see coming, however, was the unexpected flare-up of a rare liver disorder she was born with. But now it’s the only thing she—and everyone around her—can think about. With no guarantee of a viable organ transplant, everything Amelia’s been sure of—like her college plans, the mural she’d been commissioned to paint, or the possibility of one day falling in love—has become a huge question mark, threatening to drag her down into a sea of what-ifs she’s desperate to avoid. Then a friend from the past shows up. With Will, it’s easy to forget about what’s lurking underneath the lightness of their time together. It’s easy to feel alive when all signs point elsewhere. On the other hand, with the odds decidedly not in her favor, Amelia knows this feeling couldn’t last forever. But what can?

📚 Happy reading! ❤️

#themightyreaders #Transplant #CysticFibrosis #HeartTransplant #KidneyDisease

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Hi, my name is Slinkyman. I'm here because my wife and I are dealing with a lot physically and mentally and I am looking for support/information/community.
#MightyTogether #Anxiety #Depression #COPD #DiabeticNeuropathy #CKD #Fibromyalgia #Arthritis #BreastCancer

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I'm new here!

Hi, my name is Slinkyman. I'm here because my wife and I are dealing with a lot physically and mentally and I am looking for support/information/community.
#MightyTogether #Anxiety #Depression #COPD #DiabeticNeuropathy #CKD #Fibromyalgia #Arthritis #BreastCancer

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Share an important, informative, or memorable part of your PH1 journey.

Each of our health journeys are multifaceted, complex, and unique — but that doesn’t mean we’re alone in what we go through. Those shared experiences are what make us Mighty! 💪

Today, share a part of your PH1 journey that has stuck with you and made a lasting impact — no matter if it’s a positive or negative mark.

#KidneyDisease #KidneyTransplant #PH1 #PrimaryHyperoxaluriaType1 #ChronicIllness #RareDisease #Caregiving #KidneyStones #LiverDisease

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My little Kai

He's 18 1/2 and he has 4 stage Kidney disease. I thank God for each day he's with me.

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I have to take better care of myself

I had a dream last night about 2 of my good friends, who are no longer here with me. One by suicide when we were teenagers. My other friend, unexpectedly at the beginning of the year. This holiday season has been really rough and I relapsed back into my mindset that I don’t matter. I am sleeping and not eating. I guess hoping to not wake up. I had a dream that I was reaching up from the clouds trying to open the gates of Heaven to enter. Both of my friends were on the other side of the gate, reaching there arms through the gate and pushing me back down to earth. One was telling me that I don’t belong yet in Heaven and to take myself back to finish the work that God created and blessed me for. I never had family or trust in humanity but to know that God has and always has been loving me, I got up out of my bed, ate and showered. I am loved more than my mind will allow me to feel. Thank you God for allowing me to have another day to try and get it right. #KidneyDisease #ADHD #MentalHealth #Anxiety #AspergersSyndrome #PTSD

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I'm new here!

Hi, my name is Pam "allforjack". I'm here because I am a medical momma that spent the last 15 years caring for my full care baby Jack. He had an hypoxic event (HIE) at birth which left him with kidney disease, epilepsy, failure to thrive, non-verbal and wheelchair bound. He passed last year and I am still reeling with grief and depression. Im looking for a community that I can share things with and even maybe inspire someone else that struggles to keep their head above water both financially and emotionally.

#MightyTogether #Grief

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What’s a health goal you set but find it challenging to implement?

Making health goals can create a roadmap for you to follow when you’re looking to make decisions about your well-being. It’s not always easy, though, to implement every goal immediately — especially when you’re met with challenges or barriers. This can be anything from health limits and demands, limiting beliefs, finances, your living situation, or even circumstances that are out of your control.

What’s a health goal you set but find it challenging to implement?

#KidneyDisease #Caregiving #Parenting #RareDisease #Transplant #PrimaryHyperoxaluriaType1 #CheckInWithMe

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Hi! I’m new here #AcousticNeuroma #Fibromyalgia #Diabetes #MDD #PTSD #Anxiety #Deaf #HardOfHearing #ChronicFatigue #chronicvertigo

Yes, I have all those issues and more. I just can’t remember all of them! LOL! 😆 I’m single sided deaf from surgery to remove my acoustic neuroma in 2009. They went through the ear and also pushed aside my brain to cut most of the little bugger out. They cut my balance nerve. The other side was supposed to pick up & stabilize me, but it’s lazy. I’m still unsteady after 14.5 years.

My most recent dx’s are chronic kidney disease stage 3a (I can’t remember if it’s a or b. It’s the least affected one. I’m working on reversing it.), C-PTSD from 19 years of raising our 2 kids from Russia (both alcohol affected by birth moms so they have permanent brain damage, delayed development, learning disabilities, ADHD, PTSD, extreme impulsive anger issues & more.) , precancerous colon polyps and diverticulosis. Yeah, fun stuff.

I decided to join this group because of the many different diagnoses I have. Plus my kids having many dx’s too. So, HI! 👋🏼

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How has PH1 affected your dating and love life?

From employment to body image, dating to maintaining personal relationships, we know PH1 symptoms can affect life in many different ways (both good and bad).

Whether it’s stigma, lack of public understanding, or the impact your condition has on your confidence and self-image, it can be challenging to navigate relationships of all kinds.

How has PH1 affected your ability to date and explore romantic relationships, if those are of interest to you? Let’s share and help one another in the comments below. 💌

#KidneyDisease #KidneyTransplant #LiverTransplant #Transplant #OrganTransplant #kidneyawareness #KidneyStones #KidneyPain #KidneyProblems #RareDisease #ChronicIllness #CKD #ChronicKidneyDisease #PrimaryHyperoxaluriaType1