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It’s only recently that I fully came to understand how my near death experience so many years ago changed the course of my life. It was the middle of January and a typical winter day in Rochester, New York when the days are short and bitterly cold. Snow blanketed the ground as I made my daily trip to the hospital...
As I contemplate my donation just three years ago today-- it was a time of loss, a time of growth and a time of giving. It was also a compilation of how I had lived my life up until that point. So often, when we are going through difficult times it’s hard to imagine anything beyond the hurt and...
I recently noticed I was struggling. I began striving for things such as; loosing a few extra pounds, wishing I had this or that. To me this is dangerous, the message is clear that I am moving away from my core to external wants. Mind you, it’s ok to want and desire more for yourself. However, when your experiences...
The pain I felt waking up from surgery forced me into a state of  feeling the present moment. In this space of not looking forward nor behind is where I eventually found my souls true joy. After donating my kidney I felt as though I had a clean slate. I was acutely aware that I had let go of baggage particularly around...
It's hard to imagine that a loss of this magnitude would leave us at choice. I remember writing at the time "I must find a way to feel whole again and let go of the pain, so that I can feel the joy of having Kyle in my life". It was January 7, 1984 and I was 24 years old...

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Donating a kidney has been a catalyst to finding joy in my life. Part of this journey was staying at the family home just two days after donation. At the family house I connected with a dozen or more families who had a loved one in need or were receiving an organ. My own situation seemed trivial at the time....
It's Thanksgiving Day and I can remember the anticipation of my family getting together for the holidays! It seems like so long go... when I was a child with five other siblings, my Mom would rush home from work and we would go to the grocery store on the money my parents earned that week. She would buy all...
I was reading a post tonight about a young women asking for a kidney for Christmas. Many of us ask for a piece of jewelry or perhaps the latest gadget. Yet so many others wait for a phone call that will change their life..... we found a kidney and its a match! Did you know that one in 10 American...
I recently ran a survey for kidney donors through a large private support site and we had an excellent response! One of our responders said, "Donating a kidney was a defining moment in my life. It showed me the capacity to love and care for someone else. Realizing you're making a decision that is beyond yourself is a very...
At the age of 28 Amanda was receiving her workup for transplant and was asked how she was able to maintain her attitude throughout her 13-year battle with Kidney Disease. Amanda answered, “It’s simple. I don’t get too anxious or worried. I take a moment to acknowledge it and move on. I take after my Dad.” It was a hectic...

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