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...
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...