From Jim Gilliam's blog archives
November 23, 2006 12:39 PM
Thank you everyone for sending your thoughts and energy my way. For the many prayers on my behalf, for visiting and sending me email.
Thank you Robert Greenwald for your never-ending support, encouragement, and for being my jewish mom.
Thank you Brave New Films -- Devin, Sarah, Rick, Tracy, Lissette, Jim, Paris, Sharleen, and Jesse -- for your understanding, help, and the energy that keeps me engaged and going.
Thank you young male with blood just like mine who gave me his bone marrow. You've given me at least ten more years on planet earth.
Thank you Ramin for the perfectly-timed Sprinkles arrivals, for lifting my spirits, and for being a great friend.
Thank you Kelly for satisfying my random cravings for take-out, for the day-old sushi and for kicking butt at Berkeley.
Thank you Kristen for making me so proud of you, for fighting for what you believe in, for being strong, and being my sister.
Thank you Dad and Maggie, for taking your retirement plans and throwing them out the window when I needed you 15 months ago. For doing everything for me day after day without ever complaining. Cooking, cleaning, water, oxygen, prescriptions, even car maintenance. For keeping everyone in the loop with the blog.
And finally, thank you to the guy who doesn't yet realize he is going to give me both his lungs, and your loved ones too. I promise to make it a good investment.
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Mike of the Great White North:
Great news Jim! Is is confirmed, you have the date set and all? You're a trooper, you deserve it.
Thu Nov 23 2006 1:14 PM
you are a light jim - i'm thankful for the one who is going to give their lungs for you too - still praying!
Thu Nov 23 2006 2:02 PM
Keep the blog going, too :-)
Thu Nov 23 2006 2:21 PM
I've caused a little confusion. No, there is no lung transplant scheduled.
The person I'm thanking the lungs for is unknown. A person has to die before they can donate two lungs, which means this person is alive right now. The person I'm thanking would have no idea they are the person I'm thanking cause they will not know until they are dead, which means they won't know. So the only time I can thank them is before it happens.
These are the things you think about when you're on a lung transplant list for 317 days. Sorry for the confusion, it made sense to me at the time. :)
Thu Nov 23 2006 2:30 PM
Still praying for those lungs. Stay strong, Jim, though I'm sure you don't need us to tell you that =)
Thu Nov 23 2006 5:29 PM
It does my heart good to know you have a fighting chance, even so it's horrible you have to fight this fight!
Life is precious, all life (yes, even you Mike) Good luck1 "My God be with you in all the dark places you will walk"
Thu Nov 23 2006 10:09 PM
You're one of the things I'm thankful for, Jim. Thanks for all you have done for the News Hounds. You really have changed our lives in a big way.
Thu Nov 23 2006 11:50 PM
Jim *hugs* It's not Thanksgiving over there in Canada (ours was in October) but I know that it's Thanksgiving where you are. Your post is so sweet and beautiful. You are definitely one of the most inspiring people I've ever come across. It takes tremendous wisdom for you to not hate the world for what is happening to you, but to be thankful instead for what you *do* have. Not everyone has your insight, Jim. I think you're amazing. Keep on hanging in there! You'll get your lungs soon. Thanking the man who will be giving his lungs to you ahead of time is what made me teary-eyed at your post (in a good way). I'm sure that whoever he will be, he would be proud to be the one sustaining your life, the one to be giving life to someone as deserving and wonderful as you. I'm keeping you and my brother, Dan (who is waiting for a new heart) in my prayers for always. It's high time the two of you get the organs that you both so richly deserve! Take care, Jim!!! And HAPPY THANKSGIVING to you!!
Fri Nov 24 2006 12:18 AM
I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and I so enjoyed your post and I, too, was moved to tears by you thanking the man who will someday give you his lungs.
We love you here at News Hounds, take care.
Fri Nov 24 2006 5:01 PM
Thanks from me, too. Our blog wouldn't exist without all your help, big and small. There have been so many gifts since the day I "met" you, back in 2/04 when I couldn't attend that conference call to discuss Outfoxed and figured I had blown my chance!
Hope you had a great turkey day with lots of stuffing and pie,
Sat Nov 25 2006 12:56 AM
What a wonderful post and I am honored to be included! I'm so thankful to be friends and work with such a brilliant person as Jim. I always learn so much and am a better person for it. Thank YOU Jim.
Mon Nov 27 2006 10:05 AM
I've been following your story via Maggie's blog for over a year now. I've been continually amazed at your courage and tenacity. You've truly inspired me to make the most of my life and never take anything for granted.
Mon Dec 4 2006 10:23 AM
Only trying to live up to the example of my big bro
Mon Dec 11 2006 11:34 PM
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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
Fri Dec 15 2006 2:28 PM
Click on my name!
Fri Dec 15 2006 2:31 PM
Mike of the Great White North:
Thats actually cute NJ. I like it.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year too!
Fri Dec 15 2006 6:53 PM
Well Jim, I'm absolutely thrilled to say I will no longer be able to satisfy your day old sushi desires. =) Now, hurry up and recover! The way you're acting lately, one would think you'd just had a transplant or something...
love you big bro! xoxoxoxo
Mon Feb 5 2007 2:45 AM
I just stumbled upon this blog via Brave New Films via YouTube.
I want to say that I'm sorry for your condition but I admire your idealism, optimism, and character. I've bookmarked this site and I'll be coming back for updates.
Take care and thumbs up, Jim.
Tue Feb 27 2007 12:21 PM
Mike of the Great White North:
Read over on Roberts blog that you had a successful dbl lung transplant! I hope i read that correctly! Thats great news to hear. Good luck and all the best!
Mon Mar 26 2007 12:27 PM
Many good wishes for a speedy recovery, I hope you are in as little discomfort as possible.
Again my sincerest best wishes for your recovery!
Also please keep in your prayers: Elisabeth Edwards & Tony Snow for they are about to endure.
Wed Mar 28 2007 7:32 PM