Chapter One: Celebrating Thirteen Years of Life

I know I am thirty years old and have lived more than thirteen, but thirteen years ago I had a kidney transplant that saved my life from certain death at age seventeen. Today I am celebrating, although quiet and not wildly, my thirteen years of new life with a transplanted kidney – thanks to my mom, Mary. I am not, at this moment, doing anything outrageous, although I am going out to dinner tonight to be with a couple of good friends and just to get out. My boyfriend might join us, but the weather is rainy and wet and kind of chilly today. Winter is yet not over with here. Spring does not arrive until March 20th anyway. I am expecting company anytime from now to 2 p.m. then I am out of here for a while for dinner out. Today is not a low key day for me I’m afraid. Among my thirteen year celebration of life with my transplanted kidney, life does go on no matter what goes on in my life. Yes, I am celebrating in my heart my life that I could have lost thirteen years ago at age seventeen but apparently God had other plans. Today marks the beginning of my story of my illness and kidney transplant on March 12, 1988…thirteen years ago today. As a matter of fact, at this time I was in the operating room having the surgery at the time I am writing this entry. It is 12:46 p.m. here where I live – Wisconsin.

From here to the end of my story, I hope you enjoy my entries and nothing but the truth of an experience I will never forget as long as I live on this earth from this day forward. Hope you enjoy and comment as you wish. I am open to comments here.

Plans Have Changed

Remember when I wrote about how disappointed I was because a high school buddy of mine canceled our plans together twice? Well…for March 12, 2001 plans have been canceled between me another friend for the morning and afternoon. I am not disappointed because this friend of mine works hard almost seven days a week and she has a business to take care of outside of her work. We have planned to get together another Monday – maybe next Monday. Not sure yet and that’s okay. So I am going to be home most of the day tomorrow until later. I will be celebrating my kidney transplant anniversary day partly at home – and out later outside the home.


After being gone from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., I was hoping today would be peaceful and not a whole lot being done today. I got that today…a peaceful day. The phone only rang once so far. I love it. Been relaxing most of the day today, watching television, and napping. Lazy is it today. Tomorrow begins another busy week for me…and I am looking forward to tomorrow if plans don’t change. I do have plans in the evening even though plans could change tomorrow morning and afternoon. I won’t be disappointed this time if plans change because it is a different friend I am getting together with tomorrow. Other than that, today has been good/great for me. Really great and quiet and peaceful. The only thing that is making my peaceful day not 100% enjoyable is a little headache that started less than an hour ago. I hate headaches – especially during my anxiety.

Disappointment Again

I had plans to get together with the friend who could not get together with me the last minute on Wednesday. She told me that she could not get together tonight because both cars would not work. I was disappointed a little disgusted this time. I did not know what to think right away…was it a flimsy excuse?? Should I give this friend a third chance? My heart tells me not to give her another chance. I need input on this…opinion only. My heart says not to give this friend a third chance and I wonder if others agree or not. I was disappointed again! hmmm?

My Day Today

Today was not a horrible day exactly…if any not at all a horrible day. The only thing that seemed a little out of line today was the weather. It has been beautiful in Wisconsin for the past few days and today I saw the sky spitting snow…(didn’t stick…YEAH).

My plans yesterday with my high school buddy have been changed for tomorrow afternoon instead of yesterday because she had something more important come up and she needed to babysit…that was okay even though in my mind I was slightly disappointed because I was looking forward to seeing my friend. At least we are going to get together tomorrow instead…unless something comes up for either one of us again. LOL Hopefully not.

Today…I went to the hospital with a friend of mine who was going to have a test done. We had breakfast out. My friend had to have a bone scan today…pray that it went well and nothing bad will be found. After her appointment I went to the Urgent Care here in our city to have my hip and elbow (Right) looekd at…and it is not broken…just badly bruised from a fall I took two weeks ago on February 20th. It is smarting today…LOL With the cold weather, I am not surprised. i am going to be fine though.

This is my day today…

A High School Buddy

It has been a long time since I have heard from my high school buddy Peggy…and the other day she called to let me know about the business she was in – a long distance carrier called Excel. She had called me in regards to this long distance carrier and wanted to know if I was interested. I told her I would have to give it some time – a week to think about it. On top of this conversation, we have found time to get together as friends and go out and have dinner together. It seems that I haven’t seen this friend for two years now and it is, to be very honest, exciting to have the opportunity to see her again later today. Peggy and I were in health class together in our Junior year in high school and we sat next to each other at the same table. Yes, we have known each other for years…and Peggy is a nice person to know. She is an old high school buddy of mine.