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CELEBRATING My 26th Kidney Transplant


Today is an EXTREMELY SPECIAL day for me. On May 12th 1994, I received a kidney,  the most special gift ever! So today I celebrate my 26th transplant birthday/anniversary. I was on deaths bed and given a 2nd chance at life. During the darkest moment of a family's life, losing  a loved one, , they donated my kidney which saved my life!. Donor families, as this, are truly ANGELS on earth! Unselfish, compassionate, kind, caring for others are only a few attributes of such  special kind people.

I've never been fortunate enough to meet my donor family but think of their generosity every day. I have taken special care of this gift, never taking it for granted, knowing that kidneys (organs) are hard to cone by and many lose their battle waiting for one.

I am a RN and have worked full-time since my transplant. I was lucky enough to marry my best friend! He's been by my side supporting me pre, during, and after my transplant. I have had many challenges and obstacles to deal with over the years as many recipients have. I've done my best to stay positive and enjoy  each day to the fullest I'm given. 

I am looking forward to many more wonderful years to come.

I wish all of you the same, the very best and healthiest life possible! Stay strong!

God Bless!

Tina ☺

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BAM! Listed!

May 31st, is the anniversary of Trenton’s second heart transplant in 2014. Want to know what was going through my mind as we sat in pre-op? This is the news as I shared it with my friends on Facebook that morning.
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My Kid Diary

Ever since my kids were old enough to communicate, I have kept a record of humorous stories about them, things they did and said that showed their view of the world, things I would have otherwise forgotten, like when a young Allison said “Does Santa buy all the toys or just steal them?” Still Thankful exists to encourage, inspire and educate medical families and those who support them, so my latest blog post is a collection of funny stories about Trenton when he was a young boy that directly or indirectly relate to his health.

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Looking for My Kidney Hero

My dear Friend Susy - a double lung transplant survivor is in need of a Kidney Angel (O positive blood type).  If you can be Susy's Hero- contact her at susygar@aol.com Thank You So Much!