Happy Birthday!!!

So, I just celebrated my birthday on the weekend! Hooray! I made another year on the right side of the grass and still have a pretty good quality of life going! AND, it was also my transplant anniversary! I was transplanted in 1999 and was told I’d be lucky if I got 5 years out of the graft….man:  was THAT Dr. wrong! I’m so glad he was. It has enabled me to keep working, keep learning, keep loving and caring for so many people, has given me the opportunity to take up photography, meet new friends and experience so much more! Like travelling to various countries all over the world which I have experienced and loved every minute of every adventure. I have been blessed with many friends and family, I have had connections and conversations with many other patients while waiting for treatments, getting blood, getting blood work done, etc…You really begin to see how life is for many people. As a RN, it has given a great  understanding and appreciation of what my patients experience and I think it has made a better nurse and counsellor. I know there is “by the book” medicine, but sometimes the book needs a little :rewrite or edit”. After all, we are all human and we are all doing the best we can juggling our lives, family, fun, jobs all while trying to have decent quality of life! On my dying bed, I don’t want to have any regrets, or least very few.

This learning curve and process of living with CKD is a downer sometimes, but I can always look around and say, “Well, at least I don’t have that to deal with”. Everyday, with the encouragement and a few kind words, a smile, a hug, a note, a call, etc. provides a little nudge of positivity. That positivity is the key ingredient for continued hope and a promise of a better day tomorrow, or maybe just a better day today…

My Birthday was a great day! For many of the above reasons. Maybe I started the day right by attending Palm Sunday service and ended the day with love, food, laughter and some good ol’ competition with family: my rock and my strength, always.  So, here’s to Birthdays and love and family and friends that make the year ahead one with brightness and hope! CHEERS!!  stock-photo-wedding-glasses-filled-with-champagne-131961353