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Team IOH Spotlight ~ Jill Thompson

Written By: Jill Thompson

I am enthusiastic about Inheritance of Hope!  My enthusiasm began when it was first founded and has continued as my involvement has grown.

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The Milligans

When my best friend, Kristen Milligan, called me in 2003 to share her diagnosis of terminal liver cancer it was very difficult to see any good in that situation.  It quickly became clear that it was not only Kristen who was battling this illness but it was also her husband and three young children.  When they decided to start an organization that served families just like theirs, I was thrilled to be a part of it.  I did what I could to help.

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Words From a Kidney Recipient

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After writing my blog post last week, The Gift of Life (a story about my husband's kidney transplant 4 years ago), I came up with this idea to ask my husband to write a little blog about his experience.  Tony said he would be happy to do just that.  What he wrote was not what I expected!

(You may be wondering what this picture of my daughter climbing a rock wall has to do with this story.  It reminds me of how life is like climbing this wall, placing your feet and hands one move at a time, not always seeing the destination.)

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The Gift of Life

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In 2001, I was diagnosed with life-threatening cancer.  Six years later, after I had regained my strength, my husband went into kidney failure and was in need of a kidney transplant.  It was this past week in 2007 that my husband received a kidney from a wonderful friend and sister in Christ, Vaughn.

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What a Legacy Retreat looks like...

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What does a Legacy Retreat "look" like?

What is the importance of a legacy? You might be wondering what Inheritance of Hope is all about...

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Rest in the Shade

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I spend a lot of my time these days out at a baseball field cheering on my seven year old son and his all-star team, the Stingrays. I enjoy watching them play and cheering them on.  One thing I do NOT enjoy is the unbearable heat that comes with June in Atlanta, GA.  There is certainly a reason people have nicknamed this great city "HOTlanta."

I am actually NOT complaining about the heat.  It is fine.  I have great perspective after living in Minnesota for 7 years. Truly I would rather sweat than freeze any day of the week.  However, in the same way it is essential to take cover indoors when the Minnesota temperature plummets below zero in January, it is equally as essential to take cover in shade when you are out in the 100 degree temperatures of June in North Georgia.

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Retreat, Retreat!

I was watching a movie with my son this week....The Chronicles of Narnia, Prince Caspian. There is a climactic moment in the movie when the Narnians are fighting the Telmarines and things are not going well for the good guys.  King Peter makes the decision to pull his troops out and he yells at the top of his lungs, "RETREAT...RETREAT....RETREAT!!!"  This message is yelled until the entire army hears the order and pulls back to safety.

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Meet Jill Thompson (Legacy Retreat Coordinator)

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Meet Jill Thompson (Legacy Retreat Coordinator)

Several years ago I received a phone call from my best friend's husband that she had come out of surgery well, but the tumor was malignant.  I had been called to their home to take care of their children, as well as my own, while they had rushed to a nearby hospital to get the surgery.  As I continued with the daily activities of caring for all the little people surrounding me, I had to take a moment to stop and do the only thing I could think of doing at that moment.  I got on my knees and, through my tears, I prayed for my friend.  I prayed for her husband and her sweet children who I adore.  I prayed for healing and peace and hope.

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