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Ready to knock out my Infusion on this lovely Monday morning, 💚
Although being infused isn't my favorite pastime, I'm grateful to have this treatment available to me and it's life-saving properties that has protected me and my little bean for over three and a half years now. I am alive today, and that's good enough for me. 💚
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Today is the birthday of our astral 💫 friend @jackmv8 💫 #boops11thheavencelebration You wanted to know about the magic in our lives... #sirboopsmagic ❤️
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End of 2010 was the start of a steep downhill slide for our mom. Our ex-dad left in an ugly way. Mom felt abandoned in TX, so she planned to move back to AZ where she grew up. All the while Mom wasn’t feeling well, like really sick. July 2011, our grandpawrents helped our mom move back to AZ, moving us into their home. Side note: that was fun because grandma spoiled us with lots of food. Anyway, Mom continued to get sicker and eventually ended up in the ER where she was diagnosed with #endstagerenalfailure and immediately started on #dialysis 🤢 Mom’s doctors said more than one time that she should have at least been in a coma, and they’ve never seen bloodwork so bad before. Literally, her kidney function could not have been worse. Mom spent almost 3 weeks in the hospital getting stabilized through medication and dialysis. When she got out, she continued dialysis 3 days a week for 4 hours at a time. This was rough for Mom but she did it for 14 months, a very short amount of time for someone waiting for a kidney transplant. On this day, 6 years ago, Mom had her last dialysis treatment because the next day, Mom was given her life back by the magic of a kidney transplant by a living donor. She had known her donor for nearly her whole life and always wanted to be her sister. 6 years ago, that became a reality. Since that day, Mom’s life has improved tremendously. Surprisingly, Mom says that kidney failure was one of the best things that happened to her, besides us of course, because it got her back on track with the professional goals she had. She still wishes she had someone to share this life with but she also loves her life as it is.
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These pictures were from that time. I would lay on Mom’s lap regularly, smiling and snoring, using my DOGgone magical healing powers. Mom credits us as a big reason she didn’t die when she was so sick. She said she had responsibilities and lives depended on her. She says she didn’t die because 💩 needed to get done and no one else would do it but her. We ❤️ our mom!!

This is what after infusion looks like.
Don't get me wrong, I may look dreadful, I may feel dreadful, but I am also grateful. I am grateful that I have access to the medication that saved my life, as well as my donor's kidney's life. It's been three years and three months with my little bean, and I wouldn't trade in one day of my life for anyone else's. You were given this life because you are strong enough to live it, 💚
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Getting emotional this Friday evening thinking back to my transplant date. Thinking back to how incredibly lucky I am to be alive, to have an amazing living donor, to not be on dialysis anymore. Life is so short, guys. Don't waste a single minute. 💚
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Thank you to everyone who ordered a #donatelife liver & kidney tee! We’re so excited to do more of these special edition shirts - so stay tuned! 😉
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For everyone who ordered, your shirts will be shipped out during the week of July 23rd and for those of you who opted for the “pickup” option you will be contacted via email with all of the details!
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Going through pictures this morning and had to share this with you guys. The picture on the left was the day before my kidney transplant, I was holding up the shirt I would be going home in, with my new kidney. The picture on the right was taken just a few weeks ago, same shirt, same person, only now I am almost three years post transplant. The left is what life on dialysis looks like. And the right? That's what life looks like with a living donor. With a donor there is LIFE. Without organ donors the world is dark, there is no hope. I am thankful for my living donor, Christine, every single day and I think of her every moment. I wouldn't be here today without her and her life-saving gift. We make three years on May 20th of sharing a bond that only few share. Consider becoming an organ donor, consider saving a life. It saved mine. 💚 #organdonationawareness #organdonation #livingdonationsavedmylife #donatelife #shareyourspare #dialysiswarrior #dogsfordonation #kidneytransplant #kidneydisease #transplantlife #transplantSTRONG #immunecompromised #spoonie #chronicallyfabulous #chronicillness #atypicalHUS #aHUSstrong #risingaboveaHUS #icarebecauseimRARE #rarediseaseawareness #iamalive #gratitude #goGod

Celebrating BLUE & GREEN day with my girls. They are thankful that a LIVING DONOR saved their mommy's life on May 20, 2015. My organ donor gave me a life worth living and so much more. Consider becoming an organ donor today, ❤ #blueandgreenday2018 #donatelife #livingdonationsavedmylife #becomeanorgandonor #organdonationawareness #transplantrecipient #recycledpartsinside #kidneytransplant #shareyourspare #transplantSTRONG #aHUSstrong #atypicalHUS #kidneysneeded #gratitude #dogsfordonation #secondchances #givethanksgivelife #iamalive

Today is blue and green day! How are you spreading awareness today? Let me know in the comments below! I wouldn't be here today without my wonderful organ donor and her life-saving gift! #kidneytransplant #organdonation #organdonorssavelives #blueandgreenday2018 #transplantSTRONG #aHUSstrong #livingdonationsavedmylife #donatelife #givethanksgivelife #awareness

Had a great transplant appointment in Pittsburgh today so on the way home we stopped at a Vegan Bakery called The Venerable Bean! I got a delicious chocolate pie, but there were so many more goodies to choose from, I can't wait to go again! If anyone is in Morgantown I highly recommend checking it out! ❤ #veganfoodie #venerablebeanbakery #chocolatelover #chocolatepie #vegansofig #whatveganseat #veganaf #crueltyfree #animalsarefriendsnotfood🌱 #kidneytransplant #transplantrecipient #livingdonationsavedmylife #gratitude #eatlocal #poweredbyplants #vegansonlyeatsalad

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