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’m currently writing about the huge variety of fitness trackers and sports watches out there. For humans. What about our four-legged running buddies? I’ll admit I’ve tried putting my GPS watch on Moxie before to get her stats. You can imagine how that went. Good news – there is a better way. It’s called Whistle! I’m… [Read More]
So, my theme on Thoroughly Thriving is centered around three principles: Nourish, Train and Give. You can read more about that here, but the GIVE principle is really not just about fun blog giveaways or freebies. It’s mostly about being a generous person, especially when it comes to serving others. So today, I’m handing the… [Read More]
So I’m in my kitchen, frozen in a quarter squat position for what seems like forever. Everything is still. Everything but one mondo sized fly making his way in and out of the canned lights in the kitchen ceiling. Finally he settles and I, like a spring-loaded Tigger, fly up in the air, swatting like mad…. [Read More]