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Walked for the National Kidney Foundation :)

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Today I went to the local Kidney Walk 2011; I had joined a team of my favorite cafe online, and didn't raise much but I still felt good about participating.
I arrived on time, for once, and found myself wandering around alone; I'm terrible at faces & names, and I don't know the owners of the cafe that well.

Then an old friend tapped my shoulder. She was a welcome sight, and it turns out that she was a member of a team even closer to my home. We attended the same church in town for a while, til I wandered away, and she's always been very friendly and asked me to come back often.

Her team was called Tim's Posse; and this Tim I know also! I spent a day last summer power washing the side of the church with him. Since then I've lost lots of weight; in fact, I told his girl who was with us last summer that the jeans I split that day (Only! one of the seams, not both; jeans have double seams, you'll recall!) now need a belt to keep from falling down the first time I take a step :).

Anyway, it turns out that Tim has to have dialysis three times a week. I asked him about how to get screened for a donation, and we got to talking. He has been on the list for a while, but then he got another illness that's knocked him off the list for a couple of years. He's remaining remarkably positive about it all! He made it all the way around the lake there, and the whole walk was only twice around. Then I got to talk to the girls.

I also ran into another friend; I'm not close with her but we are friendly; and it turns out she is a recipient. She spoke at the rally, and she was choked up to see just the few hundred people there, trying to raise money for research and transplant care.

I felt about that big, thinking about how self centered I've been lately, about my own worries. Surely, if they can be bright and grateful to be alive and kicking, and happy, I have got Nothing!!! to even take my mind off of my family and my own abundance and wealth of friends and life.

I've heard a few times, that the best revenge is living well. With examples like these two, I have got a LOT of ground to make up!
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    I'm a former dialysis nurse. It's a great cause.
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    Wow, talk about circumstances opening ones eyes, huh?
    I'm so glad that you were able to do what you could for the kidney foundation AND reconnected with people you never knew were so effected by kidney problems.
    Good for you!!
    Be proud, VERY proud of yourself!!
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    Thank you so much for doing this, Kidney Walk. I have CKD 3rd stage. Thank you again.
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    That reminds that our local NKF walk is just around the corner the first part of June...glad to hear you came away from the walk with positive vibes emoticon
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    Thank you so much for walking in your local kidney walk! My family has a genetic kidney disease (polycystic kidney disease) and it's very dominate in my family. My great grandma, grandma, uncle and several aunts have died from it. My dad was fortunate enough to get a kidney transplant from my mom's cousin after being on dialysis 3 days a week for a while. He's had his kidney for 3.5 years and is doing great! My brother and I have a 50/50 chance of having the disease but so far we don't show signs!! Thanks again!!
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    My DD had kidney problems when she was very young. Thank goodness she had no permanent damage - just some lasting side effects from taking prednisone for several years of her very early life.

    I agree we need to count our blessings. Life is too short and tomorrow is promised to no one.
    3570 days ago
    What a wonderful thing you did, even if it raised just a bit of $! You enjoyed yourself, exercised, reestablished friendships and had a great day.

    My SIL has NO kidney. He had 2 cadaver kidneys and kept rejecting them. He's now somewhere on the list for a live doner. His family (including myself) is either unable to be a doner or doesn't match.

    Rich is just 42. He and my DD have been married less than 3 years. Their baby boy will be 2 next month!

    We really need to count our blessings, huh?!

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