Meghan Smith

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I work in marketing and event planning by day. I received a liver transplant in December 2019 and enjoy connecting with other transplant recipients and those with chronic illness. In my spare time I enjoy traveling the world and exploring new places!

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Addy’s arms may look awkward, but that’s because throughout my transplant recovery she has learned not to push or climb on my stomach when trying to cuddle me. I think it’s the sweetest thing 🥺. It amazes me how in tune she has been during my recovery and how she immediately knows when I’m not feeling well or something is off. We don’t deserve dogs! ❤️🐶

What to pack for your transplant hospital stay

What to pack for your transplant hospital stay Preparing for transplant surgery (or any long hospital stay) You can’t wear them during surgery, you won’t feel like putting them in post-surgery, and you’ll be sleeping so often that contacts just won’t be practical. I put together gift baskets for the nurses and staff on the transplant floor prior to transplant, and had my family bring them/give them out. I hope this packing list helps make packing for transplant surgery (or any surgery with a long hospital stay) a little bit easier, and gives you one less thing to stress over.

#challengeaccepted thank you for the nomination @littlemissnewheart. I love this idea of support and lifting up other strong women.⁣ ⁣ I made the decision post-transplant to stop editing my photos. By that I mean: no more covering up my under eye dark circles, no more smoothing blemishes, no more worrying about “bad angles” or bloating, etc.⁣ ⁣ This transplant journey has really shown me how critical of ourselves we can be and how detrimental comparison on social media is. I would see pictures of other women on Instagram and feel incredibly down about how my body looked post-transplant, knowing full well those images were perfectly posed and scrutinizingly edited. This is absolutely not throwing hate to those who decide to “touch up” their photos, it’s just something I can no longer feel right about doing. ⁣ ⁣ As an advocate for other transplant recipients, I want to be an accurate representation of what post-transplant bodies are like. I wouldn’t want any other girl or woman looking at an edited photo of me and thinking that’s what they “should” look like post-transplant when it’s completely unrealistic.⁣ ⁣ So here’s to the scarred and bumpy stomachs, the swelling, the tired eyes... to being real and still being proud of all your body has overcome. I’ve tagged some other amazing, female transplant warriors whose confidence inspires me everyday! 💚

Thank you basket for nurses

During this time, the majority of my care would be from the wonderful nurses who work on the transplant floor. I made 3 baskets, one for the nurses in the ICU, one for day shift on the transplant floor, and one for night shift on the transplant floor (I spent the majority of my time on the transplant floor, which is why I made 2 baskets for them). My family also brought in donuts/treats multiple times throughout my stay on the transplant floor, but I think the baskets were such a hit because they were so versatile, there was a little something for everyone, and they contained items that are different than the usual “gifts. If you have a lengthy hospital stay coming up (whether it be a transplant or something else), I highly suggest putting a thank you basket together for the nurses who will be taking great care of you!

“She wears her scars like a warrior for they’re a reminder she’s alive.” ✨⁣ ⁣ Every time I get a negative comment about my scar/stomach I’m just gonna post a picture of it 💁🏻‍♀️ because I’m pretty damn sure the haters haven’t experienced transplant, and what my body has been through and overcome is badass 💪🏻

Welcome!

Welcome to meghanmakingmoves, a lifestyle blog primarily focused on travel, with a little fashion, nutrition, and home décor thrown into the mix! I just recently bought my house in the city this past year, and am a single mom to a beagle mix pup named Addy. I also am co-founder of The Confidence Collective, a health and wellness community that helps women and men feel their best using nutritional rebalancing. My goal for this blog is that I will be able to share travel tips, from itineraries, places to stay, what to pack, how to stay healthy while traveling, etc. along with day to day life moments focusing on fashion and décor finds and health tips.

Still learning to embrace this post-transplant body and all of its changes, but one thing the transplant journey has taught me is that life is way too short to worry about looking “perfect” ✨

“𝘔𝘰𝘮 𝘲𝘶𝘪𝘵 𝘵𝘰𝘶𝘤𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘩𝘦𝘢𝘥 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘱𝘦𝘵 𝘮𝘦 𝘪𝘯𝘴𝘵𝘦𝘢𝘥!” - 𝘈𝘥𝘥𝘺⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Anyone else’s dog become even more needy during quarantine? Addy was already a diva but she’s taken it to a whole new level. 👑 ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ I can’t blame her though... we were separated for 2 months during my transplant and recovery. She bounced around between a few different AMAZING people who took such great care of her, but it definitely confused her and made her extra anxious whenever I leave. 🐶 ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ We’ve been soaking up every second of being out on the deck during quarantine, since it’s really the only isolated outdoor time I can get! Despite her face, I think she’s been enjoying it.☀️

So excited to be the cover story of @inspiremagazineuk! Thank you so much @leilahobart_ for providing me with a platform to share my story.💚⁣ ⁣ Check out the link in my bio to read my interview about getting sick at 19, finally being diagnosed with liver disease at 22, receiving a transplant at 28 and my experience post-transplant! ♻️

7 months post-transplant and looking back like: O say can you see the difference a new liver can make?

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