I am a wife of 37 years, mother of 3, grandmother of 4, sister to 3.   I am a Lay Associate with the Passionist Community of Pittsburgh Pa.

I am a big supporter of Organ Donation because I am a double lung recipient as of Sept. 30, 2005!!!

I am a writer and a reader.  I write poetry and other things that come to mind, so I hope you don’t mind if I share them with you!

Sandy O


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  1. Hi there,

    Thank you for visiting my blog and for following me. It’s great to have a new friend from the United States! 🙂

    In addition to my newest post, “Dance, Dance Under the Rain”, please feel free to take a look at my other poetry: “A Hug from My Heart”, “Love is the Water of Life”, “Millions fo Candles” or my stories: “The Scholar and the Boatman”, “Becoming Human” and “Success and Failure”. I hope you like what I have in store for you…:-)

    Thank you and have a great day!

    Warm regards from Canberra,

    Subhan Zein

  2. Hi Sandy,

    Thank you for mentioning the poem. I’ve been looking over your archives but I just couldn’t find the poem you were referring to. Perhaps I just missed it or you placed it in another blog of yours, I don’t know.

    So if you could send me the link to the poem, that’d be greatly appreciated.

    Many thanks! 🙂

    Subhan Zein

  3. Hi Sandy,
    You recently followed my blog, so I thought I’d pop over to say thank you and return the follow. Wow. A double lung recipient. That’s amazing. Bless you. Keep writing!

    • Hi, Thanks for the follow. I wanted to leave a comment on your blog, but I couldn’t find a place to do it.
      I read several of your pieces. I do like the flow of your words and the suggestions you give on writing.
      I especially liked your piece on being called a writer. . .I think most of us do that. I write poetry also
      but calling myself a poet sounds funny. . .

      All the best to you, God Bless
      Sandy O

  4. Hi, Sandy!

    I just noticed you are following me (thank you) and now I am following you. Also, I am in awe that – among other things – you’ve had a double-lung transplant and a survivor for six years. Thank you for sharing that and giving me – and no doubt others – hope.

    I am in a lung-transplant program. Right now I am considered chronic and stable. I’ve been fortunate that medications have worked so far. I won’t actually go on the list unless things change. Thanks so much for being open.

    Many blessing,

    • Jaime,
      Wow, you too with lung disease. My primary disease was emphysema with an asthma component. Actually on Sunday, Sept. 30th will be 7yrs. since the transplant. I am so grateful that I was given this second chance.

      I think if you follow your DRs. orders and live with the most positive attitude you can, things can go well for you. I will keep in touch
      and if you ever have any questions, I will answer if I can.

      Blessings and joy to you,

      • Oh, Sandy. Thank you! I’m so glad for you and your family that you are doing well.

        Mine is interstitial lung desease (fibrosis) – I”ve been so fortunate. Not only have I outlived my medically predicted experation date by 13 years this December; but, though I’ve come close to have transplant, so far dietary modifications and pharmacuiticals (sp?) have done the job. I’ve never smoked and don’t drink!!! But, they say there are some 600 potential causes for these conditions.

        I’m glad to have “met” you and look forward to getting to know you.

        Be well,

  5. Thank you so much for liking my blog, Sandy! I hope you will continue to read… I am not sure what a Passionist is, but I am going to read more about it and about organ donation, too… Warm wishes from Kingston, Jamaica!

    • Thank you so much for your comment! Passionists are a group of religious Priests, Brothers, Nuns and lay people. In fact, you have Passionists working in Kingston.
      Organ donation is the key to saving lives. So many organs go the way of trash instead of fulfilling someone’s dream to live, once more
      for a while.

      Blessing you,

      • That is very interesting… And organ donation makes perfect sense to me. I think there is too much superstition preventing people from doing it…

      • I don’t recall if I answered you on this as yet, but I will say that Organ Donation is something that many people feel “creepy” about. It is our job as transplant recipients to get the word out and try to quell the fears of those who just can’t seem to wrap their brains around the idea of being an organ donor.

        I’m happy to say that because of my transplant, people in my circle of friends have put Organ Donor on their driver’s licenses. They saw how this miracle of life happened for me and they jumped on the bandwagon.

        Perhaps one day the idea of organ donation will have a better reception.

        May God bless you and grant you strength for the journey! Sandy O

        Jesus is coming!!! (look busy!) I invite you to visit my blogs: https://sandyshopefulroom.wordpress.com http://breathingitsagoodthing.wordpress.com

        Blessed are the Cracked – for they are the ones who let in the light!

        When the power of love overcomes the love of power then peace has a chance in this world. . .

  6. Thank you for stopping by my blog and for “following” it! I am looking forward to reading your posts; I’m just at the computer for a few minutes right now during my daughter’s nap!

    • I do know how it is. I am the mother of 3 grown childen and 4 grandchildren ages 5, 4, 3, and 19 months. They are from 2 daughters. Yesterday I was
      watching all 4 so they could play together. And this is why we should all have children at young ages. At 61, I am pooped!!!
      Looking forward to reading you when I get more time.


  7. Hi Sandy…..thanks for stopping by “Unwalled” and deciding to follow; I am truly honored. Just knowing that you are a double lung recipient of 6 years inspires me tremendously and I have not even read any of your posts yet……:) I will definitely be reading some of your writings…….God bless!……Kim

  8. Hi Sandy, thank you so much for visiting my blog and the kind words you left there. It’s the nicest thing anybody has said about my writing and I felt humbled. Your blog is inspiring. I read your post about the day you received your lungs and I was struck by what an incredibly brave person you are.

    It is a wonderful feeling when you feel the hand of God touch your life, I have been lucky enough to have my own experience of this too. I wish you all the very best and will be popping back to read more. Take care,

    • James, you earned those words. All writers really need to have feedback on their work, it takes toil and sweat to put those words on paper.
      Thank you for stopping by and I hope to put together more on my page. Christmas is a beautiful, crazy, great, tiring time of year. I hope to be back on track soon. I look forward to reading more of your posts.

      My lungs and I are fine and I am forever grateful to my donor and his family.

  9. Thank you Sandy, for viewing and following my blog. You have quite a testimony and write beautiful and inspiring poetry. I wrote two just recently and never wrote poems before, but felt that God inspired me to write them and the words just came out the way they did.

    Go to my Dec 2012 archives to read my poems. Don’t know if you’ve read ‘WHAT IF… The Mayans were right?!’ (Dec 21) or ‘WHEN EVIL IS GOOD AND GOOD IS EVIL!’ (Dec 12) Another poem written by Cameo Smith of Mt. Wolf, PA is still very popular ‘Twas 11 Days Before Christmas, around 9:38’ about the Conn. school massacre (Dec. 19) http://heulu.wordpress.com
    God bless you ~ Liz

    • You are very kind in your reply. I have had the same thing happen to me when writing poetry. Many times it’s like this. . .I have a phrase running around in my mind and it won’t leave me alone until I write it down and usually the rest follows rather quickly.

      I praise God for this wonderful way of writing. I will continue to look into your blog and I look forward to reading the poems you have suggested.


  10. Hi Sandy
    I’m Marg, the creator of the MargD Teaching Posters website. You left a comment on my page about using one or two of the prayers and I’m just letting you know that’s absolutely fine. Glad you’ve found the site useful.

    • Naomi
      Thank you for your kind words. I will have something to say soon. I have been away from my blog for a while. . .life has way of making us center on what is happening now and being attentive to it.

      May you be blessed!

  11. Aloha Sandy, just began reading your heart-warming posts/poems again! I am happy to get reconnected with you. I had problems with my blog a few months ago and must have gotten ‘Unfollowed’ from you. God bless you! ‘God’s Enduring Love’ at http://heulu.wordpress.com

    • Liz, so very nice to hear from you again. I don’t know what happened either, but I will be back to your blog to “re-follow”. Looking forward
      to getting in gear with your writing once again.

      May You be blessed,
      Aloha Liz!!!


  12. God bless you today on your anniversary! 😀 And thank you so much for visiting and following-I have done the same. 🙂


    • Dulcinea,
      First of all, I just love your name!!!

      Thank you for checking out my “about” page. Yes, actually my 8th anniversary will be on Sept. 30th, but what’s a month? My prayer before my transplant was, please Lord let me live long enough to cradle my grandbabies in my arms. . .they hadn’t even been conceived at that point. Today, I have 4 grandchildren, ages 6, 5, 4, and 2. God has been very good to me. . .

      May you blessed,


      • Thank you for saying that about my name, you must know of it 🙂

        And yes, forgive me, I read the date incorrectly. Our Lord has been very good to you, indeed! And I’m very happy to know here.

        May you and ALL YOU FAMILY be blessed.


  13. Hi Sandy, thank you so much for visiting my blog, it is nice to meet you. My hubby was from the Pittsburgh area I always enjoyed visiting the burg! I am looking forward to reading more and will be keeping you in my prayers – you seem like such an amazing woman.

    • Thank you so much! Thanks again for following my blog. . .There have been many rough roads,
      but more wonderful ones as well. I will make sure I watch for you and keep you also in my

      Be blessed/be a blessing

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