Well hello there internet world! It's been a while. I think it's been about two years since my last post, and almost three since I donated my kidney.
Ok, so it's official everyone - Karma is a real thing! I am writing to report that I have found "Kidney Love". What is Kidney Love, you ask? It's when I donate a kidney and put myself on the internet, and someone else who donates a kidney finds my blog, we meet, and then we fall in love. Yes folks, it's true. And it couldn't be more amazing!
Meet Dan ...
Dan donated a kidney to his father in September of last year. We started talking in December of 2013, which is around the time he began the donation process. Late one night at work he was surfing the net, looking for information on living donation and he came across my blog. He sent me off an email (As usual, I took way too long to reply - I think I got back to him about a month later) and we wrote back and forth up until his surgery.
After his donation we decided we should meet up, since Toronto and Pittsburgh are only 6 hours apart. I drove down to see him, and we ended up hitting it off right away! We can't believe our luck. We are absolutely perfect for each other. If this isn't karma, I don't know what is. And we have matching scars to boot!
So there you have it folks ... give love - receive love.
For those of you who are interested in how Dan is doing: Dan's recovery is as good as recovery can get. He has beat my record at almost every post-donation milestone. He was on his own at home after only 4 weeks. He was wearing jeans in the first few weeks after surgery (it took me 6 months to wear jeans comfortably!). He went back to work 6 weeks after donation, and ended up having to work 6 days a week almost right away. Like me, he lost a lot of weight after the surgery, but his energy levels are back up and he is gaining back the muscle he lost much faster than I ever did. He's doing so well. It's amazing to watch.
If anyone out there has questions, or fears, or anything at all ... feel free to email me, or Dan, or me and Dan. I love hearing your stories and helping in any way I am able to. Sharing is caring! You can contact me by clicking on my Blogger profile, then clicking "Email" in the "Contact me" section.