I couldn’t have asked for a better birthday, my momma got her new lungs!!!! 🙏🏽❤️❤️ It’s been a blessing to witness this miracle firsthand, and to be able to be by my momma’s side and play nurse for the last couple of months taking care of her. January 14th we got the call that they found a donor match. Surgery went great but she had some complications during her recovery (blood clots in her heart and lungs, uncontrollable pain, Her heart went into Afib, water in her lungs, collapsed lung etc) and she had to spend 6 weeks in the hospital. Her surgeon and the lung transplant team at Mass General were all so amazing and were able to get her back to health! It’s been over 20 years since she’s been able to breathe without her oxygen. She even told me today sometimes she feels it’s too much air coming in her lungs because she has been so used to breathing at 23% lung capacity (she’s at 97% right now.) She’s home now still recovering but it’s amazing to have been given this precious gift of life! We are so thankful for the donor. & Thank you everyone who has prayed, donated, called, messaged and checked in with me. This has been a very stressful and emotional time but to have had so much love and support from friends, family, followers and even strangers I can truely say there is a lot of amazing and kind people in this world. My prayers have been answered. I really look at life thru a different lense after this. Everyday is truely a blessing. I got my momma back 😭 ❤️ I can’t wait to bring her to walk on the beach this summer. ❤️❤️❤️ #NancyBreathesAgain #BestBirthdayGift #LungTransplant #BeADonor #OrganDonor #stpatricksday #miracle #TheGiftofLife
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My heart in physical form 💕Thanks for doing everything you do to continue to support me, motivate me, encourage me, love me, and keep a smile on my face. 😘 @omar_rahsheed #vday #myvalentine
Roses are red, violets are blue, I couldn’t imagine this thing called life without you! Thanks for being my rock during this time. ❤️🥰 Te amo mucho 😘💋 #myvalentine
This was such a special interview to be featured on @AmericanLatino by the amazing producer @randomlyrj on @latvnetwork . Being half Dominican and having always loved my culture, from dancing bachata & merengue to cooking platanos & arroz con gandules, and everything else in between. As I got older, I realized when it came to taking care of myself, in terms of my health that is something that isn’t really taught or passed down in the latin community. I feel it is up to us, the children of immigrants that need to take ownership and bridge the gap between embracing your culture and promoting a healthy lifestyle. #TBT
Still reflecting. Here’s another clip of some press that I did for my tv show #fittofattofit At this point in my career I was tested on another level to push myself to a place I had never been before. Surprisingly enough the biggest challenge wasn’t so much putting on the weight, but was to love myself at whatever size I was. It’s something that I have had to preach to my clients, but now I had to show them. Often as women our bodies go thru so many changes in our lifetime (puberty, freshmen 15, having children, hitting your 30s, menopause, etc.) We all are deserving of love, at any stage we are at in our lives, and most importantly we need to love ourselves while we work towards our best self. So yes, I was still cute... as a fat girl. Or a fit girl. Or whatever girl I choose to be. Most importantly we need to strive to be healthy as a whole. Healthy physically, mentally and emotionally.
Reflecting on the past while I am bringing in the new year, This right here was definitely one of the highlights of my career. I dreamed of being an Entertainment Reporter one day and hosting @accessonline (I actually was a finalist to be a reporter for them many years ago but didn’t make the final cut.) I spent 8 years in L.A. working on my craft, auditioning while personal training and managing gyms on the side. I would have never thought that fitness would be the field that would get me a seat on my fave show as a fitness expert, giving tips, and talking about my experience as a trainer on #fittofattofit
This has taught me that there isn’t just one path to get to your final destination. Work hard, keep the faith and may #2020 be the year you arrive at your dream destination ❤️❤️❤️❤️
Please donate. If you can’t donate, please share. If you can’t share, please pray. 🙏🏽 click the link in my bio
Nancy Mercedes, my mother is in need of a double lung transplant. She has a genetic disease called Alph-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency (AAT) which has deteriated over 75% of her lungs and now she has only 25% lung function left. Fighting for her breath for over 20 years now with this illness and having been on continuous oxygen, and getting weekly IV treatment, it's still not enough.
Nancy is now in the pre-testing phase at Mass General Hospital in Boston, and will be put on the waiting list for a double lung transplant. Although this is the very moment we have been waiting for, unfortunately her medical insurance will not cover all of the costs for surgery.
On behalf of the Mercedes and Baril family, along with Help Hope Live organization we are starting the campaign called #NancyBreathesAgain to help raise funds for her surgery.
Our goal is to raise $25,000. Once listed, she could possibly get her new lungs within just a couple of months.
We would appreciate any donation to help cover the costs. We also ask if you can please like and share this page in hopes that others will find it in their hearts to help as well.
Thank you so much. For more information go to;
Help Hope Live is a nonprofit that supports community-based fundraising for people with unmet medical and related expenses due to organ and cell transplants or catastrophic injuries and illnesses.
I was worried my mom wouldn’t make it to my wedding this summer 🥺With a lung disease that has left her with only 25% lung function left, She had a very tough year last year. In and out of the hospital for 10 months, due to a cold that turned into a lung infection, that turned into pneumonia. But God heard my prayers and she was able to see me get married. My prayer now is to be able to raise enough funds to get her the double lung transplant she needs. Today is #GivingTuesday and I am asking all of my friends to head over to www.nancybreathesagain.com and please donate. If you can’t donate, please share the link. If you can’t share the link, please pray for her. I have watched my mom struggle for her breathe for many years, what a blessing it would be to see her breathe and really live again without oxygen. 🙏🏽#nancybreathesagain Link is in my bio #alpha1antitrypsindeficiency #lungtransplant #organdonor #alphaawareness
This video makes me so emotional watching 😭. I have been watching my mother struggle for years trying to breathe. She now needs a lung transplant. #NancyBreathesAgain is a campaign to help raise funds to cover her medical costs for the surgery. Please go to www.nancybreathesagain.com to donate.
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