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John Wayne and a Dominican nun

I like to think John Wayne removed his big white cowboy hat, tipped it at her, and said in his dreamy voice, “Please to meet you, ma’am!” She would have fluttered her eyelashes at him the way she did each time she kissed the TV screen as he puckered up to kiss the leading lady (Maureen O’Hara) in his movies. Mom, my sisters and I collapsed in giggles. Up in heaven, Duke (John Wayne’s nickname) may have been confused meeting Sister Mike, not knowing the difference between a Dominican...

The Regretful Donor and The Reluctant Donor

As another living donor, I, too, have often had some of the same thoughts and worries as Michael Poulson, the regretful living donor, soon-to-be physician. He regrets his decision, at age 18, to donate his kidney to his stepfather’s brother. His story was featured in the Washington Post October 2, 2016. https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/at-18-years-old-he-donated-a-kidney-now-he-regrets-it/2016/09/30/cc9407d8-5ff9-11e6-8e45-477372e89d78_story.html#comments I call myself The Reluctant Donor. Do I regret my decision to have become a living donor to my sister twelve years ago? Not every day, but maybe on some days, when my faith falters. The question,...

It’s all about kidneys!

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Fair is Fair

“The happiest people don’t worry too much about whether life is fair or not, they just get on with it.” ~ Andrew Matthews ~ All of my life, I have become indignant when things are not fair. But, life isn’t fair, is it? I was a shy kid and a follower of rules, so much so that my free-spirited mother used to wonder if I was really her child. I didn’t have her mischievous spunk! When a teacher assigned the class extra homework or canceled a privilege because one...

At War with a Family Member? Try a Caress This Year!

Family!  Have you noticed the roll of eyes, the grimace and the exasperation we’ve all used at times when “family” is discussed?  Other comments include phrases like ‘we can’t live with them; we can’t live without them!’ or the very very impolite phrase ‘You can pick your friends, you can pick your nose, but you can’t pick your relatives!’ We’ve all heard the moans and groans when the word ‘family’ is mentioned. The saddest thing to happen within a family is when years go be with family members in a...

National Donor Sabbath

Two weekends before Thanksgiving is National Donor Sabbath.  This year it is November 13-15, 2015. This three-day observance seeks to include the days of worship for major religions practiced in the United States and to show that major religions support and approve of organ donation. This is the time of year for family gatherings!  Years fly by!  Family gatherings can be stressful or peaceful depending on each person’s attitude.  It always seems to me that once I start counting my blessings, my attitude changes.  Change your attitude and your life...

My cousin Jim . . .

On my Mom’s first day of dialysis, she prayed. Then, being the Irish Catholic that she was, Mom checked her church calendar to see which feast day it was. The calendar said it was the feast of St. Bridget and Mom said, “An Irish Saint! Glory be to God!” Actually, it was the feast day of St. Bridget of Sweden, but Mom didn’t know that and confused it with St. Brigid – one of the patron saints of Ireland and nuns. No matter! Whether it was an Irish saint,...

Celebrity Organ Donors

It’s always helpful and humbling to families like mine when a celebrity is an organ donor. It brings awareness to the public of this great noble gesture.  Because to be an organ donor is the greatest thing you can do for your fellow man in the event of a sudden or unexpected death. Most of us have heard or met someone with a Cinderella story, especially in novels, who have a rich uncle that left them a fortune.  Maybe it’s a million dollars in cash, or a big fancy castle, or...

Who Is In Control?

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY: Courage is the price that life exacts for granting peace. The soul that knows it not, knows no release from little things. -Amelia Earhart, aviator (24 Jul 1897-1937) Oh, how hard it is to find peace and to be courageous when fighting a disease! Oh, how in awe it is when we see it done! Amazing Grace, how sweet it is . . . I posted this quote recently on The Reluctant Donor’s Facebook page along with the three sentences of my thoughts.  Many people...

Happy World Kidney Day

Did you awaken this morning when your kidneys gave you a gentle nudge? Or, was it more like an urgent jolt that caused you to spring out of bed and make a mad dash to the bathroom? Whisper a word of thanksgiving for your kidneys today! It’s World Kidney Day and your kidneys are mighty organs within our miraculous bodies. Kidneys filter the toxins in our blood. In one day, your kidneys can filter 52 gallons of blood, working day and night. Kidneys help regulate your blood pressure and...