INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – An award-winning poet on the Heart Transplant list uses his talents to inspire others.
Omar Gadling was born with a congenital heart defect, though it got worse over time. He shares his story so that no one ever loses hope.
For more than a year, “Brother O” has been waiting heartily. He is being cared for at Riley Children’s Hospital because his doctors specialize in the surgery he will need. As his second Thanksgiving in the hospital approaches, Gadling says he’s very grateful. “God provided for all my needs and I never had to go without anything,” said Gadling.
The 47-year-old said he had always been gifted in writing but decided to pick up poetry in his early 30s. “I use poetry as a way to tell the story of my life.”
This skill has made him a four-time National Spoken Word Award winner.
Last year, he turned his hospital room into his own creative studio, churning out piece after piece, using life experiences as inspiration to shape each one. “You are more than your own.”
He was born with what is known as blue baby syndrome, and many surgeries and a pacemaker have kept him out over the years, but now those fixes won’t work. needs a heart.
Gadling said he should “keep busy. If you’re racking your brains waiting for a heart transplant, your sense of anxiety and tension … like when is that going to happen? When is it coming? But poetry has really enabled me to keep my focus.”
The key, Gadling says, is to take each day one at a time. Knowing that his day will come and believing in it, he hopes his story will be shown to others as well as theirs.
“Don’t worry about what you can’t control. You can’t control what you can control and let God do the rest.”
He did a lot during his year-long wait. He turned his work into songs with the help of music therapists at the hospital.
Music therapist Jenny Kaufman said: “We know that music therapy can help stabilize vital signs and help a patient become more relaxed and reduce anxiety when they are in the hospital. You can also help with coping.”