This Christmas, take the time to think about the blessings you and your family have received and consider the gifts that cannot be wrapped up in a pretty bow and left under the tree from Santa.
“I believe in spirituality and that whatever happens in life usually turns out to be a blessing in disguise, although we don’t know it at the time”. Jenniene Moran
I was 17 when my kidneys failed. I was young with a baby. My son was about 16 months old. What I remember is that my eyes went blurry. I went to an eye doctor who told my mom to bring me directly to the emergency room because my blood pressure was skyrocketing. After a while I was diagnosed with end stage renal disease (ESRD). I had no family history, and there was no apparent reason, my kidneys just failed.
I did hemo–dialysis three times a week, for four to five hours at a time, for the next 11 years of my life. I considered it my part time job. I did this while being a mom the best I knew how, getting a G.E.D. and also going to school for my cosmetology license. All of this was possible due to the support of my family and friends. In 1988, I wanted desperately to be free of the MACHINE. My option was kidney transplant. My younger brother was a perfect match. We were one of the few living related transplants back in the 80’s. But success! I was free of the MACHINE, free to be me. It was wonderful to be able to live my life with just a few side effects.
After almost 12 years, my brother’s transplanted kidney started to get tired and it failed. The doctors said we had a good run. I then went back on the MACHINE for two more years. My husband was tested and he was a great match, so off we went again, in 2003, my second kidney transplant.
I am very grateful for my third chance of life. I love being me and a mom, a mother in-law, a grandmother, a daughter, a sister and a friend. While waiting for a match for my much needed fourth kidney transplant, I can say with a glad heart, I am proud to be part of the Transplant community. We are special, unique and blessed. We are family!
If you would like to help, contact Jenniene Moran on Facebook at Jenniene NEEDS a Kidney
The Gift of Life | A Mother’s Christmas Wish
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Debbie Dawson, RE/MAX Champions, Trinity, Florida | www.YourHomeTampaBay.com | 727-710-0286