Money. It shouldn’t be a deciding factor in becoming a living donor. But it does factor into actually following through with being a living donor. I’ll share with you how a donor assistance program and other donations are helping us with over $8,000 of non-medical costs. What does Insurance Cover? My cousin’s insurance (not mine) covers… [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.
It’s 10:47 PM and I’ve been awake for 20 hours. I’m sitting here, in a hotel room hallway, a little numb and crestfallen. The living liver transplant that was scheduled for tomorrow morning has been postponed…or cancelled until further notice. I feel the need to get this info out there before the morning, before I… [Read More]
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]
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]