Sad news and reflection – Kidney donor program

I called my Mom today to tell her about our friend Yael we met at the family home who’s boyfriend’s son died.  Amir was 27 years old– battling cystic fibrosis and  awaiting a match for a double lung-liver (possibly kidney) transplant at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital. He had lost his twin brother from the same disease just two years earlier.   Read more: The Jewish Chronicle – Give a helping hand I am so sad for his family […]

One year after my donor surgery brings new awareness and passion

The day comes to an end as I sit outside warmed by the sun, I listen to the trees swaying in the breeze and I contemplate the events of the past year, I feel unsettled, like the seasons in New York, I’m in transition. I wish I could feel the lightness, the relief and elation I felt the first few months after my donor surgery. I’m sure feeling unsettled is partly due to my father […]

Back on track – Kidney donor

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 feeling worthy in the world I inhibited. My problems didn’t go away, but my sense of […]

Her Doctor said if she doesn’t stop, she will end up on dialysis!

My sister called to tell me our Mom has third stage kidney failure! I was so overwhelmed with emotion, you see my Mom has always taken care of her Diabetes. She walks every day, she eats well and monitors her sugar levels closely.  How could this be happening? Her Doctor said that if she doesn’t stop using these medications she will end up on dialysis. My Mom has been taking Motrin, Aleve, and Advil for years which can […]

Back on track – Kidney donor

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 feeling worthy in the world I inhibited. My problems didn’t go away, but my sense of […]