Health Update

I only have a couple of months until kidney failure. Sorry to be blunt…or a downer. But since going off the steroid, my kidney disease has progressed rapidly. This means that I’ll have to go on dialysis soon to keep me alive until I hopefully get the transplant.

I’m definitely starting to feel the effects of low-functioning kidneys, but generally life is fairly normal. Actually looking forward to dialysis, since it replaces kidney function and should help me feel better. It will totally disrupt my life, but we’ll do what has to be done.

So many have asked what’s happening with the transplant, so let me try to simply explain:

Still losing weight and this week I start the process of being tested to see if I’m a good candidate for a transplant. Those tests will likely take a good couple of months. If I’m cleared, I’ll be accepted into the program. Then folks who are willing to donate a kidney will also be tested. Whoever is chosen, will then have to get cleared after additional testing. So if all that goes well, it’ll probably be later this year or early next year for a transplant.

Thank you all for the love and support over the last year. Your continued prayers for another rough year are deeply appreciated.

These days I have found much comfort in songs from church. So allow me to close with the words of a cherished hymn – one that resonates with where I am…

I’d stay in the garden with Him,
Though the night around me be falling,
But He bids me go; through the voice of woe His voice to me is calling.

And He walks with me, and He talks with me,
And He tells me I am His own;
And the joy we share as we tarry there,
None other has ever known.