and that you all have a very fulfilling year ahead of you.
I am doing very well after 15 months post-transplant surgery.
I just went skiing with Gina and Austin for the first time on New Year's
Eve day. The last time I was on skis was five year ago so it was great to ski with my son Austin for the first time. I can't even stay up with him on the groomed runs let alone going through all the bumps traversing through
the trees! Can you say, "Thighs on Fire!" What a true joy it is to get
out and have fun doing activities again.
My health is great and my energy is high! I am learning my limits as I did not only have to overcome failing health but the plain fact that I'm aging. I am trying to get stronger and in better shape. I have had some set backs, but they are minor in comparison. In mid-December, I had outpatient surgery on two of my four parathyroids. They were taken out because they were oversized and not functioning properly as a result of over three years on peritoneal dialysis. I was back to work within two days. Also, my lower back was tweaked from a few twist and turns that my athletic trainer put in place for me in my excercise routine. I am sure this is a temporary set back as I will have to take activities at a slower pace when my mind say, "Yes!", but my body says, "What are you doing? Please stop!" I always keep in mind no matter what obstacles I have in front of me, I am much better off than I use to be and there are many more people out there suffering so much more than me that can use a helping hand.
God's grace is evident all around me. He has blessed me in so many ways. I am called to do more in my community. Lance and I are having a blood drive on Saturday, February 2nd. Our goal is to have 44 people sign up to donate blood. A simple way to save a life. If you live locally in the Puget Sound area, would you please donate a
unit of blood at our drive at North Creek Presbyterian Church in Mill Creek? Please see the home page for the link and time slots available. For those who live in other states or other countries, please consider going to your local blood bank to donate a unit of blood. Please go to the link when you completed your donation and leave your
name and any comment on the spreadsheet below our local blood drive. I would like to leave it open to see if we can get over a 100 units of blood.
Again, I wish everyone a great year to come and that you can overcome any roadblock placed in front of you! I have had my share, but my faith in our Lord has provided my with the provisions to rise above all fears and worries
that He will burden for me. God Bless!