As we, in the USA, prepare to celebrate our Thanksgiving celebrations, I have another overriding event to give thanks at this time. This past week was my anniversary of my second kidney transplant, some four years ago giving me cause to reflect and take stock of my journey, to think of all the blessings bestowed on me. These anniversaries often fly up to interrupt my trivial daily concerns before I fully recognize how amazing the event was. To be given a second chance at life is quite something and I have enjoyed the first thirteen years with great pleasure and gratitude, but to receive a second, second chance at life is truly astonishing!
Allow me a moment to catalog some of what I am thankful for, First , I must recognize both my donors, though we have never met, I still pray for you and your families. The thought that two beings having past, that I may live will never be lost in my mind. My Almighty God, I am thankful for blessing me with extended life. The surgeons, doctors, and medical professionals that I owe my second lives to will always hold a large part of my heart and their efforts appreciated. I give thanks to my family and friends, who continue to support me, you are the richest reward accompanying my Txs. Most of all, I must give thanks to my supportive second family, the members of Transplant Friends, for being there when I need you and teaching me the “ins and outs,” of transplant life.
I ask you all, at this time, to offer a few examples of who or what you are thankful for, that we all might enjoy the meaning of Thanksgiving celebrations.