Long Time No Blog – An Update
“Man never made any material as resilient as the human spirit.” Bern Williams
It’s been a long time since I’ve posted to my blog so I wanted to post a quick update. I’ve had my kidney for two and a half years and “he’s” still doing well. That’s not to say that I haven’t had health problems. I am still having some issues with side-affects from the anti-rejection drugs and how they interact with each other. Anti-rejection drugs compromise your immune system and it seems like every other week I’m fighting a cold, a bug or flu-like symptoms. Fortunately for me, I’ve been able to get through them without any trips to the hospital or any hospital stays and that is a very BIG DEAL. Overall, I am doing well and still feeling incredibly blessed to have been given a gift that has improved my quality of life. Having the transplant continues to change my life in many ways. One of those ways is living life with a purpose even more so than before and doing what I can to make a difference in someone else’s life.
I think that this blog has helped people who have gone through or are going through their own health situations. I’ve received emails from people who are on dialysis and have questions that sometimes only another person who has experienced the same thing can answer. I’ve also received email from other transplant patients and we’ve shared our thoughts on everything from medications to fear of possible kidney rejection.
Recently I received an email from someone who came across my blog and wrote to me about her own health issues. After reading her email, I shook my head and smiled. It’s just amazing to me when I read or hear about the struggles that people go through and how resilient, determined and the amount of fortitude they possess. This woman, Heather, is a mesothelioma survivor and her story is one of inspiration if I’ve ever read one. Through her battle, Heather has created a holiday called, “Lungleavin Day.” From her email to me: “Lungleavin Day is a celebration of life and facing your fears.” Lungleavin Day is also a way that Heather does fundraising for mesothelioma research. I am including a link to Heather’s blog and I hope that you check it out to learn more about “Lungleavin Day,” mesothelioma and Heather’s story.