Much to be Thankful For

happy-thanksgiving-1061456_1280It was shortly after Thanksgiving last year that I “came out” about my intention to donate a kidney to another person.  Looking back, I remember the fear and anxiety that was constantly trying to dominate my thoughts last year at this time.  Now however, I feel no different than before surgery, and I have experienced no ill effects following surgery.  This makes me exceptionally happy!

Now almost one year later, Katherine is doing amazingly well! Another great reason to be thankful.  Also, my decision  to donate led to another person choosing to donate her kidney for someone else.  How awesome!  The giving goes on.

So this year I am especially thankful for health – for me personally and also my family.  I am blessed to have both of my parents alive and well; I get to work out every morning with my best friend/husband; our kids are healthy and busy with work and social lives; I get to communicate with my family as often as I want, thanks to technology.  Oh and the list goes on…

I realize there are so many things we take for granted on a daily basis.  We often don’t see all the blessings around us.  Take a few minutes today and everyday to remember or recognize the things you can be grateful for.  And in case you’re curious, scientific studies show that positive emotions are good for your health.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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6 Weeks

At this point it is so hard to believe that  I underwent major surgery just a short 6 weeks ago!  I really feel no different than before surgery, and if I didn’t have these scars, I might wonder if it really happened!

I saw Katherine yesterday and she looks AMAZING!  What a blessing.

Katherine and I have talked about never wanting to forget this whole thing.  We wonder about a way to have a permanent remembrance….  The only thing I’ve thought of is a tattoo.  Now anyone who knows me well know I don’t have tattoos nor have I ever had a desire for one, but maybe they can make something pretty out of these scattered scars on my abdomen. Haha.

But seriously, if you have an idea for some permanent remembrance of this kidney transplant experience, please comment below. We need some help brainstorming.