Posts Tagged ‘X-men’

imageI have had many heroes and mentors in my life growing up. From fantasy and books; Batman, Superman, Wolverine and the X-Men, Captain Kirk, Luke Skywalker, and on and on. There were heroes from life; Walt Disney, Teachers, Family Members, Co-Workers, and friends. Heroes who inspire me, affected me, motivated and challenged me. I know them fairly well, either through a personal relationship or reading and studying about those heroes.

Which makes the Hero I have to add to the top of my list a bit of an anomaly. I have never met this person, but I have as personal of a physical connection to this person as a person could possibly have. I don’t know anything about this Hero, not even his/her name. In fact I may never know, even though I hope to find out some day. This new hero is my heart donor.

On May 2, 2014, my journey of living with heart failure after a virus first settled into my heart 12 years before that, has entered a new phase as I was blessed with the gift of a new heart.

I don’t have any information about my donor. I will be able to write a letter to my donor’s family and hope that they would want contact and then share some info so I may better know this great person. In the U.S., the organ donation process is completely anonymous and protected. Until then, I don’t know if it was male, female, what age, where they lived, what they did, or anything else.

Here is what I do know.

I know this person is selfless and generous. They cared enough to pass on a piece of themselves to afford me to continue and improve my life. They chose to do something that hopefully provides a positive out of any negatives that their passing has caused their family.

For that simple fact, this person will be the greatest hero I may never meet.

You too can become a hero to someone just by becoming an organ donor. You can sign up any time you renew your driver’s license, or online sites such as http://www.donatelife.com.

 

 

 

 

 

71233-11910-104231-1-walter-lantz-andy-pa_mediumI have a passion for reading.  I tend to read mostly fiction – tending along the lines of suspense-thrillers, sci-fi, fantasy, mystery, and the occasional action books.  While growing up in the 70’s, I could never get enough to read just from novels.  So I filled the gaps in between with comic books.  My collections started with a few cardboard boxes of comics from my Dad.  He had collected them, or was given them by his father who happened to own a drug store. So I now have a few Looney Tunes, Hi & Lois, Andy Pandas, & Dennis the Menace books dating back to 1956.

I liked all the classic DC heroes, although Batman, Flash, and Superman happened to be my favorites, until one day in the late 70’s I went over to Boyd Hooper’s house, and for the first time, I saw a copy of the X-men. I was hooked. The stories were unlike any I had ever read. The concept that we all had the “potential” to have a1938-actioncomics1 mutant gene that could give us superpowers when we entered puberty was very influential on a boy (going through puberty at the time).

Wolverine quickly became my favorite.  I then would cross over to other Marvel books to follow any other appearances of any of the X-men.  I quickly got caught up in all the other titles.  Marvel just seemed to have better writers than DC at the time.  The characters were a bit more flawed, and closer to being “human” than the near indestructible Superman.

I hope to share this addiction/passion with my children, to a degree of course.  If they love it, then great, if not, then I guess the collection all goes on e-bay someday (Yikes!).  Supergirl has shown the same passion for reading, so when she’s older, we’ll see what she thinks. What hobby from your youth are you inflicting on your v5feat_211-x-men_133spouse/children?