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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...

A PKD mutation story by a powerhouse of a woman: Karyn Waxman

When people ask me to tell them about myself, I generally say that I am married to my soul mate, Jerry Waxman, I am the mother of two amazing daughters, Erica and Kim, “Grammy’ to our delightful granddaughter Eva, but I am also one of 12.5 million people who battles Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) every day. Karyn Waxman, PKD Foundation Memphis Chapter Coordinator Events Facebook Pinterest Linkedin Share to raise awareness.     PKD – Polycystic Kidney Disease PKD took my life by storm fifteen years ago. While vacationing with my...

The Word ‘Cadaver’

Yesterday, on ABC’s The Bachelor TV show, an insensitive comment was used about a ‘cadaver’ donor. The word “cadaver” should not have been used. Many donor families – people with a family member who died and donated his or her organs after death – are upset at the use of the word ‘cadaver’. Because each family’s loved one was a person, loved and cherished, and not just a dead body. Many donor families are outraged. My mother received her transplant in 1988 and the word ‘cadaver’ was used. That...

Christmas 2014

It’s been a banner year for The Reluctant Donor. A fourth printing – and the opportunities to tell the world about my mother and her siblings – has been very humbling, exciting, and special. The love they gave me is the greatest of all gifts. So much is happening and has happened in the treatment of kidney disease, that I know they would be astounded. Back to my grandmother’s days when she began kidney failure in the 1940’s, progress has been made. Told there was nothing more the doctors...

The Great Unifier for Congress

I have often said that organ donation is the great unifier. I’ve said it on Capitol Hill when I visited my Senators and Representative offices to voice my opinions on issues that affect kidney patients and organ donation. The elections might be over and you can breathe a sigh of relief because the millions of dollars spent on campaigns will stop! But, roll up your sleeves and get to work. I mean you, not them . . . find out who your Senators and Representatives are. Get their contact...

Happy Ten Year Kidney-versary to us!

Psalms 47:1 Clap your hands, all peoples! Shout to God with loud songs of joy! Oh, the joy of it! Ten years ago today, I felt incredible joy – yes, in my soul – but also in my kidney! I remember how I pushed my IV pole into my sister JoAnn’s hospital room. She was propped up in bed with a tube still in her nose, color in her cheeks, sparkle in her eyes, and her beautiful smile. Radiant joy!  I’ve often said it was her hair that caught...

“Never Cut What You Can Untie”

If you get a knot in your necklace, most of us don’t cut it.  The necklace would be ruined.  Many times I get frustrated at knots in plastic bags and then I do reach for the scissors. But I think Josephy Joubert’s quote, an essayist in the 18th century, was about relationships.  It’s a great quote for quarreling families.  It’s a great quote for troubled friendships. And, it’s a great quote for everyone. Hurt feelings, heartaches, and arguments with people you love can lead to knots. Things escalate.  People...

Happy Birthday to my baby sister, Janice!

Happy Birthday to my baby sister, Janice.  Despite being the youngest of my sisters, Janice is much taller than me.  And, not just in height.  She stands tall in handling what life dealt her:  Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD).  Not once have I ever heard her ask, “Why me?”  She never whines, complains, or has temper tantrums about the difficult things she has faced, the pain she has suffered, or the way PKD has affected her life.    Ahem!  The Reluctant Donor has taken note of this fact. PKD does affect...