Last Friday, the first of October, I spent a most wonderful day with Hope. Hope is my sixteen year old friend from church. I cannot describe the beauty of this young girl for she is beautiful both inside and outside. She stands about 5'3” with dark shoulder length hair, light olive skin, warm hazel eyes. For some mysterious reason I have been chosen to be her “best friend” which is a great honor to me. Friday was a gorgeous Fall day. The sky brilliant – the sun bright - a warm breeze ushered us on our way as we left Hope's house and headed off to Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, for lunch at Red Robin. She had a “big whopper” of a hamburger, and I broke the rules and gorged on french fries. Oh my, those forbidden fries tasted so good. Now Hope is a talker, and so am I, we lingered over an hour talking a mile a minute. I have to admit by the time we were ready to leave I felt sixteen again. As we were ready to leave the waitress asked Hope, “Is this your grandmother?” She answered, “No,” this is my best friend – a higher compliment I will never receive.
My precious little friend and I found our way to downtown Coeur d'Alene and the famous Hagadone Hotel that sits on beautiful Coeur d'Alene Lake. Like teenagers we cruised the tourist stores in the hotel. Hope holding on to my hand nearly every step of the way. When she wasn't holding my hand she was holding on to my arm. We decided we couldn't afford the gift shops so hand in hand off we went to see what main street offered. We stepped into a small covered mall and right before our very eyes was this scrumptious little Candy store that had jars and jars of candy – way too much temptation! Once again I broke the rules. But. My little sack of candy was sugar free. With candy sacks in hand we strolled main street talking, eating, laughing and investigating every store both sides of the street.
We ended this wonderful day walking the boardwalk that sits on the lake and circles the hotel. It is such a magical place – the scenery is out of this world – the mountains – the sea gulls – the boats. It was the perfect ending to a perfect day as we talked of Hope's dreams for her future. I can't count the times that Hope told me how much she loves me and how much I mean to her. I was able to reciprocate her feelings and told her how grateful I am that God has sent her into my life. We spent six hours together and not once did I feel my years or think of my illness. Blessings often come in small ways and large packages. The blessing of this day will always be in my heart. There will be many more precious experiences with Hope – after all we are best friends.
This is my first blog on this site and although I have been a member here for some time now, it took me until today to begin to do what I have wanted to do all along for the sake of giving, loving, and serving my fellow man, woman and child with what I have been so fortunate to learn and now finally share with all who are willing to listen.
Please read these 8 points in advance as a preface to the beginning of my "Open Your Mind" blog:
1) I have not had organ failure personally and so I cannot completely relate in all aspects to what that actually feels like and I do not claim to know what it is actually like to go through it.
2) I am undoubtedly going to bring up some things here in these blogs that will be very different from what your doctors have been teaching you. I am not doing this to stir up any problems between you and your doctor, nor am I doing this for my own financial gain, or to upset anyone in any way. This has been hard to begin because I know that when someone talks about something that is so different it is not accepted as truth and may likely be resisted once or twice or three times. The beautiful thing about truth though, is that it stands the test of attempts to be broken down from all angles because these truths are based on Natural law and Universal law and Gods law.
3) If you are able to allow what I am about to unfold in these blogs as possibility, if you can at least open your mind to the chance then that is all I could ask of you and we can then have back and forth constructive dialogue in moving forward. This is my wish for starting this blog and I will do what I can to facilitate to that end, but I will not hold back or alter my teaching in attempts to please anyone. This will be pure truth whether you like it or not, and some of it may be quite hard to swallow.
4) I am willing to face the doubt and the skepticism that will likely occur. Because I have a greater purpose and if I did not share it with those who are so desperate to hear it then I would be guilty of not teaching it to those in need of my help and God's healing. This is what took me so long to get started here but please understand this: if you had something that may be able to help me or my wife or my child if suffering, and you kept it from me, I would not like you one bit, especially if I found out that you knew my situation and didn't share it. Although I cannot be responsible for how anyone responds to me, it is my duty to share and so the birth of this blog on the 43rd anniversary of my birth now begins.
5) We are all here for a reason and that reason is not to be sick and suffering. God put us here to be healthy and happy and prosperous, all of us, including you.
6) Since it is likely that these new ideas will be resisted, I highly recommend not reacting right away with a comment but rather to let it settle in for a day or two. Going back into the new idea for a second and even third time would be highly recommended. Reread it over 2 or 3 times. Then you would be truly ready to respond and if you simply do not want to accept the new ideas so be it, but at least then you have tried rather than simply responding with initial doubt leading your thoughts and responses.
7) Please remember that I am doing this for the purpose of service and whether you accept what I teach or not won't make nearly as much of a difference in my life as it could potentially yours. If it feels right in your heart, then please continue to learn more and discuss further. If it does not feel right to you then certainly do not take action, but continue to question me if you have any interest to do so and allow my answers to settle in. Maybe this is not right for you now or even ever, but you may be able to learn something from it. I am always looking to learn something and I undoubtedly expect to learn a lot from all of you through this blog over time.
8) With all of that said upfront, I just want to say that I am very excited for those of you that are willing to constructively question and learn and apply. I pray that you have the desire to not only absorb but to also share this information if God has intended you to do so.
May God Bless You!
Robert Arnone, DC
Here are some ideas on how to share Organ Donor Awareness
1. If you have received the Gift of Life, contact your local newspaper/TV/radio and ask them to interview you about your transplant experience.
2. Contact your local organ procurement office to see if they need anyone to give a talk to any local groups in your area.
3. When talking to your friends and family, remind them to share your story with their friends about how organ donation saved your life.
4. Shout out to your Facebook, Twitter and other social media groups about your gratitude for Donor Families
5. Share Inspiring Organ Donor photos that are circulating on Facebook.
6. Share this page on Facebook. At the bottom of this page you will see a share link- click on Facebook. The FB icon does not work at this time.
7. Buy Organ Donor Awareness clothing, bracelets, hats and show them off by tellling your brief story to anyone who will listen. There are always opportunities to share your story.
Visit any of the websites below to get more ideas
|Bob Swanson Give A Life Foundation|
|Living Donors Online|
|My Angel Foundation|
|New York Organ Donor Network|
|Ohio Organ Donation|
|OneLegacy: a transplant donor network|
|Organ Donor. gov|
|Share Your Life.org|
|The Waiting List|
If you are looking to be inspired and moved to the max then listen to Dottie Lessard while she is being interviewed by magic 1067 . If you know someone with Cystic Fibrosis please pass this link onto them or click the share facebook button.
Dottie is the author of "Seven Letters That Saved My Life"
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