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This morning I ran into Wegmans to pick up a cup of coffee and a few things. It's the day before Mother's Day and the store was a buzz with fathers, husbands, and son's shopping for the women in their life.  With all of my travels throughout the US, Asia and Europe I have never experienced a grocery store like...
Tonight I felt frightened for the first time as long as I can remember. The day started really nice with a trip to the public market to pick up lots of fresh vegetables and to share a cup of coffee and conversation with my friend John. It was a beautiful day-- after a long winter it's pretty exciting when Spring truly arrives and...
A couple of nights ago I went out to dinner with friends, it was Saturday and the restaurant was crowded so we sat at the bar and I ordered a glass of red wine before sitting down to dinner.  I was dressed for the night with a beautiful tailored cream colored coat that I was wearing for just the second time....
This morning we gathered to celebrate living donors at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC hosted by  Thomas E. Starzl Transplantation at UPMC. Dr Humar who is Chief, Division of Transplantation Surgery Clinical Director talked about human kindness. I love those words "human kindness".  I often refer to a letter by Vincent Van Gogh to his brother where he talks about...
This morning I checked in at UPMC Starlz Transplant Institute for my six month kidney donor checkup.  Ironically or perhaps not--  my brother Tim also had his monthly appointment for receiving his kidney.  I picked Tim up early this morning both of us feeling pretty good in our journey.  Tim was a bit nervous and hadn't slept well the night...
I woke up in the middle of this night with a longing to write. It's been a while since I have blogged, but yet I write often as I work on my book. My book's working title is "Courage to Give".  The book reflects both my experience in donating my kidney as well as others; several of the people that I have...

Family…

I shared a favorite song "on your porch,  by the format" with my friend Barb, who's Dad has Alzheimer's which has a profound affect on her entire family. Barb and I both shed tears as we listened to this song. I am so inspired with the love her family shares, their sense of humor and the many ways they support their parents through...
Its been four and 1/2 months since I donated my kidney. I had to force myself to write this post and be honest.  You see my original thoughts were to write about my personal experience in kidney donation in hopes that it would support someone who was looking to make a decision or simply going through the process. When I...
Wendy November 2012
As John Lennon's song goes "So this is Christmas And what have you done Another year over And a new one just begun" With a new year upon us I find myself reflecting on what I have done in 2012 and where I am going in 2013. Donating my kidney just four and half months ago left me feeling like I...
This was the first year I didn't cook and the first year without my children or family on Thanksgiving Day, at least for the dinner.  Life really is about our personal attitude... typically I would be "it's ok, and I'm fine" however, in reality I would be a little depressed thinking about spending a holiday without my children.  Instead...

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