I wanted to let everyone know that I am finally home from the hospital. I was discharged yesterday. I am doing well and have a long road to recovery ahead of me. With each passing hour, I feel stronger. It's wonderful, and also overwhelming, to be home after almost 6 weeks of living in the ICU. I still have a lot to learn about both my condition and what transpired over the last 6 weeks (Robby and my family are helping me piece things together. I am aware of the media, but have not seen or read anything yet).
I wanted to thank each and every one of you for all of your support and encouragement. I am touched and amazed by the tremendous outpouring of good wishes provided to me personally, to Robby and my family. We are where we are today thanks to all of you. I am so lucky on so many different levels to have another chance at life and to have such amazing friends in my life who gave so much of their personal time to help raise awareness about my situation. Your support made such a difference to me - hearing from Jamie and Ayala about everyone who was in contact helped brighten my days and gave me strength and encouragement to carry on, especially during the time I waited for a healthy liver.
While I don't want to be presumptuous, I know many of you have asked what you can do to help or send me as I recuperate. While I was in the hospital, I started a Foundation called the Shari Kurzrok Second Chance for Life Foundation. The mission of the Foundation is to raise awareness and educate the public about the dire need for organ donation in our country. I learned that 89,000 people in our country need either a kidney or liver transplant. Because of my condition, I was placed on the critical list and luckily a match was made that saved my life. I hope that the Foundation will help give others a second chance at their lives the way I am so fortunate to have another chance at mine.
In lieu of get well gifts and flowers, donations can be made to the Shari Kurzrok Second Chance for Life Foundation in care of JCF, 575 Madison Avenue Suite 703, New York, New York, 10022.