My own Olympic events – kidney donor program

Day two after surgery the Dr’s and I (yes, me too) wanted me up and moving first thing in the morning. Personally, I had no idea how to do that. The surgery takes place in your stomach (your core) and I was in an immense amount of pain. The nurse instructed me on the best way to get up. It was difficult the first time, I completed the task under 30 minutes (getting out of bed). […]

Standing on the edge…. 8 weeks since kidney donor

I must admit it’s been eight weeks since my surgery and I feel great! I have my energy back, I have no pain and am back to work. I suppose since my health has moved to a better place, its time for me to move on as well! “The quieter you become, the more you are able to hear” Rumi The reality is I feel like I am standing on the edge of a cliff […]

The Light. What I learned from my near death experience

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 to spend time with my son who was two weeks old and cradled in the […]

The gift, reconnecting with my Dad.

Our behaviors and experiences are often fueled by what happened in the past.  He passed away a four years ago today and before he left this world, he gave me a wonderful gift. For me, my Dad was intimidating and not approachable. I had often felt pressured by his beliefs and held back from showing him who I was. The last week of his life all of that changed because of a story he told me and I am […]

Donor! Six things I learned from organ donation

It was five years ago today, I recall standing near the kitchen window at barely six o’clock in the morning as the car pulled up my driveway. I grabbed my bags and took a final look around before heading out the door knowing it would be a while before I returned home. I could feel the cool morning air and the smell of freshly cut grass as I locked the door behind me. I had […]