This is the day, 21 years ago (1999), that changed my LIFE FOREVER!!! It's my MIRACLE DAY! Yes, it's the day I got the CALL for a kidney transplant. It seems like a long time ago, and yet seems like just yesterday.
I have a life, thanks to a family who was grieving for their 16 year old son, but thought of others and he became my donor. I am in touch with this amazing family and have let them know how grateful I am. Early on, his Mom sent me a picture of her son, my donor, Ryan. I am so thankful!
It's because of Ryan, I have seen my daughters marry, I have grandsons that I see as often as I can, my husband and I travel and in 2016 we moved out West to Wyoming. I thank God everyday for my fantastic GIFT of LIFE!
Many of you have asked me for advice?@# I am no expert, but this is what I have learned...
1) Find a good doctor, most importantly one you trust and believes what you tell him/her.
2) Always be your own Advocate. You know your body better than anyone and know when something isn't quite right. Tell your doctor and don't give up till you know what is going on.
3) If your choose a transplant or maybe you stabilize your CKD, remember to LIVE. Yes, live life! Enjoy! Having a positive attitude has guided me well.
I am including a recent picture taken of my college roommate and I sitting by Lake Marie in the Snowy Mountains in Southern Wyoming, elevation 10,500 ft. I am the one on the right, my hair hasn't turned grey yet. Ha, ha.
Take care and stay well! Thank you!