It’s been three months since my kidney transplant. The doctors have just spread out my doctor’s appointments and blood tests – I was getting my labs done every week and seeing the doctor every 2 weeks. Now, the labs are every 2 weeks and I see the doctor every month. Woo-hoo! Things continue to move in a positive direction.
As my health continues to improve, I am still looking for ways to get the word out about the new focus of this blog. I boosted the last post – it was cool that I heard from some people that I hadn’t been in contact with for years. For all the concerns with Facebook right now, there is one thing that it does very well – connecting you with long-lost friends. They all sent kind words and encouragement – one point for the book of Faces, right?
But more importantly, the month of March is National Kidney Month, and March 8th was World Kidney Day. This year, the theme for World Kidney Day was “Kidneys & Women’s Health: Include, Value, Empower”. In many ways, women are different so it’s great that there has been more focus on managing chronic kidney disease (CKD) and other kidney diseases in women. Women also tend to donate a kidney more frequently but are less likely to receive transplants . There have been multiple events around the country (and world) providing education about kidney health in a variety of formats, such as lectures and presentations, Congressional dinners, and even cooking classes!
The month’s not over yet – you can check sites like the National Kidney Foundation to look for events in your area.
I am still looking for stories from donors, recipients, and people in need of a transplant (email: firstname.lastname@example.org). And as I noted in an earlier post, I am also starting a blog about my journey after transplant. It’s called Life: The Reboot – check it out, join in – we all could use a refresh in our lives!
Remember, more eyes, more exposure for those people who need an organ!
Be inspired – Give Life!