What a year! 2017 I will never forget you. I am thankful every day for the opportunity to be able to live a beautiful life with purpose and passion!
As I reflect back on this incredible year I am filled with a sense of gratitude for all that it has blessed me with. Not only has it been a year filled with moments of complete joy and fulfillment but there are memories that have got me to where I am right now. I will remember 2017 for the many hours spent recovering at home after the transplant, the many trips to the Medical Centre for weekly blood tests nervously waiting to hear good results, the endless messages to and from my nephrologist monitoring anto-rejection medication, for adjusting back into a full time job, for juggling between making the most of every moment I am given vs living a normal life and to having the energy to start exercising again, to being able to socialize with all my favourite people and enjoying being a foodie again but most of all I remember the time I have been given to truly live again!
I started the healthy kidneys blog 5 years ago to create awareness around this awful silent disease that more and more people are being diagnosed with. My goal was to find every natural alternative to try heal my failing kidneys without needing dialysis. I managed to prolong the inevitable for 3 years but unfortunately kidneys are the one organ that aren’t able to repair themselves and I had to start dialysis in 2015.
Fast forward 2 years later and I am sitting with the most incredible gift I have ever received. 2017 has been a year I will hold close to my heart as it’s the first year since my kidney transplant. I feel alive and well again! I have a new lease on life and just want to live, embrace every moment I am blessed with and enjoy the people and experiences that add so much joy to my life.
Remember, we are exactly where we are suppose to be and because of that I will always believe we can conquer anything! Every experience in life is a lesson. Embrace the lessons as they make us who we are and are part of our journey in life.
Laurie, thank you for giving me 2017 to live life again! Another year to live out my dreams. I cannot wait for what 2018 has in store! It’s going to be magic.
Thank you to everyone who has made me so happy, for filling my life with love, joy and beautiful memories this last year.
May 2018 bring you all good health, hope, opportunities and magical moments!
“In the final moments of 2017 open your hearts and embrace whatever comes your way. Decide what you love, what is important to you, and what you hope to accomplish in 2018. Decide what you want to leave behind and embark on the new year of life!”
Happy New Year!