After being approved to be a living liver donor, the next steps were to: Choose a transplant date. Schedule the surgical consults. Bank a unit of my blood. NAT testing (blood tests). Start taking two medications; a bile thinner and stool softener. I’ll cover those first four things in this post. Fundraiser T-Shirts now available!… [Read More]
Generosity is the key to success.
In order to really thrive, I believe we all have to give generously. These posts are about giving my best, giving back, and even a few old school giveaways now and then.
At this point in the story, I’ve finished the potential liver donor tests. Now we’re waiting for approval. There have been many different waiting periods in this journey. I want to share why this waiting period was so important for me. Waiting feels horrible. First, let’s acknowledge that waiting sucks. You have no control and can’t do… [Read More]
In this post I talk about my donor mentor a bit and share what my donor evaluation process was like at UCSF – in other words, all the tests that were done back in March. But first, a little review of my living liver donor story so far. Feb 2nd I found out my cousin… [Read More]
If this is the first you’re reading of my living liver donor story, you can start from the beginning. After learning my cousin needed a living liver donor my husband and I decided to take the first step. This meant research and pre-screening, which I’m sharing about in this post. Sharing a Liver 101 I started… [Read More]
Subscribe to follow my living liver donor story. Living Liver Donor Story Folks, this is hard to write. Not because I don’t want to share, but because I don’t know how to share and what to share. I typically write in a casual, light-hearted, sometimes sarcastic tone, but to do that with this topic seems risky…. [Read More]
I’m turning 33 this month. Yay! But… that’s the bait. Here is the switch. As there is no sense in being fancy-worded about this, I’ll just blurt it out. My cousin will die if he doesn’t get a new liver (diagnosis: Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis) so I’m going to give him part of mine. I’ll explain more… [Read More]
Disaster preparedness? What, are we doomsday preppers now? No, we don’t have a bunker or a stockpile of dehydrated food (or do we?). However, it doesn’t take a disaster of biblical proportions to find yourself if need of basic survival skills. Lower your eyebrows. My husband and I like to acquire knowledge, skills and resources to take care of ourselves and help… [Read More]
I’ve listed 25 FABULOUS stocking stuffers for runners! These easy-to-find little gifts are all under $30 and some are available through Amazon Prime! Almost all of these should arrive before Christmas if you order ASAP! [NOTE: I included my Amazon Affiliate link on most products below.] Stocking Stuffers for Runners Stocking stuffers should be a mix… [Read More]