Monday, August 11, 2014

Looking and Asking


At the start of this year, I had a goal.  I knew that I couldn’t write just write about waiting for a kidney transplant forever, since I’d been fortunate enough to get mine.   I felt like I’d shared so much of my story about kidney transplants, living donors, waiting lists and the struggle, and how the struggle is oh so real for us organ recipients.   But one morning I woke up and thought, what about the others.


My dream in January was to get to know other transplant recipients and patients waiting for transplants.  My dream was to share their story of wrestling with the “struggle” here on this blog.  


It’s August, and—SURPRISE!—I haven’t had much luck in fulfilling that goal.  I haven’t made any progress, and not for lack of trying.  I’ve Google searched.  I’ve eavesdropped on other patients’ conversations at my transplant center to see if they would be right for what I’m trying to do.  I’ve reached out, but either my reaching has been in the wrong direction or—and this is a new revelation—I’m not reaching far enough.  


So this is me reaching out in another way.  And I’m a bit scared, because I don’t know what will be dropped into my hand, or whether I’m just reaching into another empty nest filled with broken twigs and pieces of grass.  But I’m hoping that I can rely on the vastness of the internet.  I’m hoping that it proves that there is more out there than Instagram pictures and cat videos. 



If you’re reading this and have received an organ transplant, I’d love to meet you.


If you’re reading this and are waiting on an organ transplant, I’d love to meet you.


If someone you love has received or is waiting on an organ transplant, I’d love to meet you.


If someone you like even a little bit has received or is waiting on an organ transplant, I’d love to meet you.


I’d love to meet all of you.  


So get at me.