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Preparing for a donor surgery is anything but easy, but definitely worth it! With months of preparation and testing for the donor and the recipient. It's not only difficult for the donor and recipient, it's a family affair-- knowing you have two family members in surgery at the same time is very stressful!  I know this first hand since I am...
At times I have so many things I want to do, I can barely focus. For example, I want to learn a new language, finish my book and make a difference in organ transplant and that's just the beginning. I realized this morning that I am not focused on the things that matter. Having too many "wants" does not...
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...
Being raised in London, England during World War 11," I never felt like a victim during the war, people often referred to us as the poor children, it was part of my life and I accepted that" said Ken Graham. Kenneth Peter Lewis Graham was born in the Spring of 1938. World War II  would start a year later when he was just...
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...
One of the advantages of getting older is the ability to let go! Last week was big for me.  For the past six months I have been harboring these negative feelings around someone who in my eyes--had done me wrong. During the day I'm pretty good, but at night the thoughts would haunt me. I would go over  the situation...
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The light on my car dash reads 15% Oil Life!  I wonder how often we react to information that is displayed in front of us and how it affects our daily life? I purchased a new car that now has about 5000 miles on it, the message on my dash last week read 20% oil life. So I stopped at my...
Its  a cool and rainy today and I have much to do. Instead I lay on my bed watching the cool rain coming down from my bedroom window, the sky is gray and I feel a bit blue. I know as I lay here that this day will turn around, that it can change in moment and I love...
This Memorial weekend I went to Pittsburgh PA to visit my brother Tim and his family.  Last year I had done the same with Emily's upcoming birthday and her dance recital its a good weekend to visit. So much has changed since last year Tim is no longer on dialysis since he received his new kidney on August 30 of last year!  Aside...

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