Tag Archives: family

Finding Beauty in the Rain

Some people are the “glass half empty” type. Others are “glass half full.”  Me? I try to be happy that I have a glass at all. Even an empty glass has potential. It’s easy to focus on the negatives in … Continue reading

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When the good part of life hits you hard

What do you do when good stuff hits you hard? Have you ever had moments when you just sit back and think, “holy smokes, I have it good?” There are piles of crap pulling for my attention. Gross, right? Crass, … Continue reading

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My wide-eyed wonder girl gave me a wonderful gift

Yesterday, the joy-for-life tears that have been ever-present since my liver transplant in May of 2012, fell off my cheeks again. It was 6:55 in the morning. I gave up on sleep shortly after 3:00 from tossing and turning and … Continue reading

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My Christmas gift made me cry 5 months later.

According to my family, I am a tough buy. I don’t understand it at all but I have heard it for almost thirty years. I think I’m an easy person to get gifts for. I mean, I like a lot of things. … Continue reading

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My therapy seems to be going well.

  Back in February I told you I was writing a book about my tranplant experience. The project is going well. I hit 145 pages today. Actually, I’m starting to worry that it will make War and Peace look like … Continue reading

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I used to be thankful … but now?

Today’s the day. It’s the day when everyone in the U.S. pauses and thinks about being thankful. Thankful Facebook statuses roll up my screen one after another. Thankful for family, friends, spouse, pets, house, new job, provision, troops, Jesus, new … Continue reading

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Fathers and sons. Thank you, God, for this.

I couldn’t sleep last night. That happens a lot. One of my anti-rejection meds, Prograf, is known for producing insomnia. That might be it. It might be the stress I feel building up in me again. My head knows is … Continue reading

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You are so pushy! Thank you.

Do you remember back almost about a year ago? One of the first fundraisers to help with my transplant was a rubber bracelet that said “P U S H.” It was an acronym for “pray until something happens” or some … Continue reading

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Getting goosed in the kitchen

Some families are not very tight. Some are hostile and some don’t even speak. That makes me sad. My family is close. Very close. We’re tighter than an extra small knit shirt on a muffin-top teenage girl. Got the picture? … Continue reading

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I was supposed to get a liver transplant but I got new eyes too.

Okay, now this is weird. It’s good weird. I mean, I like it but it was just very unexpected. I had half of my son’s liver stitched into me on May 7 and, for some reason, I immediately started seeing … Continue reading

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You can’t spell “community” without u and i

This liver transplant journey has been the most difficult period of my life but I see lots of good that has come out of it. For instance, I now am part of a pretty tight community. We all speak the … Continue reading

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Losers, Lovers and Livers

I’ve come to a conclusion. If you’re too busy to spend time with people you love, you’re a loser. I don’t mean “loser” as a devaluing label. I mean you are losing some very, very important things. Today’s memories are … Continue reading

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When everything flashes before your eyes…

Believe me. When that doctor came into my hospital room May 5 and told me my liver was worthless and that I didn’t have much time left, my thoughts immediately went to my family. I didn’t think of my house, … Continue reading

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