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‘He was going to save my life;’ couple shares liver transplant

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The Gresham family: Jessica, Mackenzie, Jonathan and Boadie. (Courtesy photo)

By BARBARA GREEN
In 2005 Jessica Gresham was a happy, healthy 23-year-old enjoying life with her high school sweetheart husband and raising their teenage daughter.
However, 13 years later she has battled a serious liver disease and is recovering from a live donor transplant provided by her husband Jonathan.
The transplant surgery took place on April 10 and on May 12 the couple was able to return home after four weeks at an onsite recovery apartment near Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas.
For this close-knit family it has been a long road to finally discovering first what was making Jessica ill and how to deal with its effects as they further impacted her liver. Today, they are reveling in returning to their home just outside Bowie and focusing on getting better.
The Greshams are both hometown kids, born and raised in Bowie. Jessica is the daughter of Teresa and Bobby Staats and Jonathan the son of Nancy Gresham.
Jonathan graduated from Bowie High School in 1999 and two weeks later was at a U.S. Army boot camp fulfilling his dream to go into the military. He served eight years as a combat engineer and after active duty went into the National Guard, during which time he was deployed for a year to Iraq in 2005.
Jessica graduated in 2000 and they were married in May of her senior year. After she graduated she moved to Killeen where her husband was stationed at Fort Hood. Their family soon grew as Makenzie was born later that year.
After John returned home from Iraq he went to work running a motorgrader for two local companies before taking a job with GE Oil and Gas, where he has worked the past 10 years.
Getting sick
While her husband was deployed in the Middle East, Jessica began to get sick with what she first thought was her gall bladder. However, tests showed high liver numbers and her spleen was enlarged, so she was directed to a liver specialist who discovered her body was rejecting its liver. It was the beginning of many years of battling this disease only to be told in 2017 she would have to undergo a liver transplant.

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UIL maps out the ladies championships

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The top 24 girls #txhshoops teams are headed to the Alamodome this week for the #UILState Girls Basketball Championships!

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The slate of teams include the Nocona High School Lady Indians.

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How to Guide helps you know the facts and choose wisely

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Inside the mid-week Bowie News find the How To Guide offering tips and guidance to make a selection of a service or a professional. Helpful information for your family.

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‘Light Through a Lens’ show reception to open

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The team at Davis & Blevins Gallery in Saint Jo will showcase the new work of eight talented photographers for the first show of 2024, “Light Through A Lens.”
This marks the gallery’s seventh annual photography-centric show and sale. It will hang through March 31 with the celebratory artist’s reception 1-4 p.m. on March 2.
This year’s show features the works of Kelly Yandell, Dave Shafer, Emily McCartney Eiguren, Debra Fox, Tim Newton, Katie Sickles Rust, Craig Nadziejka and Willetta Crowe.
Davis & Blevins is located on the town square in Saint Jo.

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