Saturday, March 24, 2007

The Second Most Important Call To Date.

When I was growing up, I wondered if I would ever have children. Doctors ran constant tests on me that contained words like "nuclear medicine" and "radioactive dye". I had a few miscarriages and thought that was it. Then I had Katie, and 14 months later, Jonathan.

When I got married, the first year was hard. To the point where we separated for abit. There was growing up on both sides that needed to be done. And I learned the harder lesson that sharing your marital issues can color people's perceptions of your mate once things are ok again, even when they are awesome. Some things are never forgotten. But, I have now have a marriage that goes beyond anything I could have imagined is possible in life, and a mate that meets almost every need I have before I ask. We anticipate each other now.

When I was working out of home I wanted success, promotion, security for my family. John had his career, had reached the pinnacle of his craft and was ready to retire as a FT stay at home dad. I gave up precious years with the kids in chasing my "dream". 5 years ago I joined a company in my arena PT just to "see how the business model" was working. I sensed that home-shoring (home-based customer service agents) was the next wave of call center work. 3 years later, I was asked to join FT as a manager. I realized my dream to work at home, and home school my kids. This same company has met our family's every need since the day I was diagnosed. Every. need.

When I went in for an annual physical in February of 2006, blood was run. And my kidney failure was found. I would not have seen the Dr. for my bi-annual checkup for at least another 9-12 months. It would have been too late. I was referred to the exact team of specialists, which the exact temperament and treatment personality that I needed.

When I started researching Transplant Units, I scoured the Internet and read every graph, chart and statistic on every hospital I deemed worthy of treating me. Because, it's all about ME in this case. Every 1% failure rate is one more person that dies. So, it MATTERS. Somehow, I missed the best hospital. But, my doctors did not. They know who I needed to see.

And today, 12 months after diagnosis, tests, calls, visits, stress, letters, more tests, and presentation- we got the call.

THE call.

The SECOND best call we can get.

I am now on the national list for a donor.

Today. March 19, 2007. One year and 10 days after I had surgery for implantation of peritoneal dialysis catheter.

If you are interested in becoming a living donor, please go here and read important information. Several organs can be donated prior to death, including kidneys.

Also, please go here and think about becoming an organ donor upon your passing.

On behalf of the thousands waiting for a chance at a longer life,


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Life is like a box of chocolates.

You scratch the bottom, expecting one flavor and bite to find the truth. It may not always be the flavor you expect, but in the end, it's the one you need.



Blogger Brenda said...

Happy happy joy joy! You made the list! Sometimes, Monday is a good day. :o)

Still praying!!

6:27 PM  
Blogger Theresa said...

Oh, Kelli, I'm soooooo EXCITED for you!!! It is so wonderful watching how God keeps opening the doors for you. Thank You, Lord!!!

7:14 PM  
Blogger owlhaven said...



10:22 PM  
Blogger Ang said...

Congratulations!!!! God is good, all the time!!

11:16 PM  
Blogger Nancy said...

Hi Kelli,
I came across your blog tonight (through "The Mom Blogs" AZ list - I'm in AZ too but not registered with "The Mom Blogs" yet) and just wanted to say that I'm praying for you. I'm so glad that you got on the national donor list.

I have a daughter who was born with complex congenital heart defects, has had numerous heart surgeries, strokes, etc. I just wanted to let you know that I "get" the living life going from doctor's appointment to another to another and not knowing from one day to the next exactly where your life will lead you next.

I'm subscribing to your blog and I'll continue to pray for you and your family. God bless.

1:44 AM  
Blogger Shabby in the City said...

Tight hugs and prayers from Kentucky!

6:26 AM  
Blogger Sarah's In the Midst of It said...

Typing through tears--SO happy for you, especially after the crummy week you had last week.

Hooray, hooray, hooray--off to do the happy dance.

And I'm praying, of course, that the FIRST best call you could get comes ASAP!!

Dancing . . . :)

12:22 PM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

Woohoo! Hallelujah!

12:39 PM  
Blogger BooMama said...

I'm just now seeing this what with the traveling and all, but I AM SO EXCITED!!!!

Huge praise. HUGE!

9:24 PM  
Blogger Grafted Branch said...

Oh! If I was one to use explitives to punctuate my joy, this is where I would use one. But instead I'll just use the exclamation, "Yahoo!"

I'm soooooo glad for you. Praying for you. And wondering if you live near my parents in Mesa or sister in Chandler? ;)

10:47 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

I'm so happy to hear the news that you are now on the list!!

3:06 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

It must be quite an adjustment to go from Montana to Arizona. But God definitely has a plan! If you get to Denver, it will be close to us. God bless you!

5:05 PM  
Blogger Susanne said...

Praise God! I am soooo happy for you!

7:07 PM  
Blogger Barb said...

What wonderful news, Kelli! I'm beyond excited for you. Now let's pray for the BEST call of all.

You really hit the nail on the head when you said a new marriage involves a lot of growing up on both parts. So, so true. That first couple of years isn't always the bliss we're told it will be.

This is the best news and the best post I've read in ages! xoxoxo

10:13 AM  
Blogger Ashleigh said...

I'm just getting caught up after not having internet connection for over a month, and I think this is the best news I've read anywhere in this great big blogosphere. Praise the Lord!!!! Hooray! Even though I couldn't check for updates, I was still praying, and what an answer to everyone's prayers... and, with Sarah, praying that the 1st best call you could get comes soon.


11:35 AM  

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