I TRULY BELIEVE THERE ARE NO SUCH THINGS AS COINCIDENCES.
I’ve been hyper-focused on taking care of my kidney transplant. I felt the not so pleasant familiar symptoms when my native kidneys deteriorated. I contacted my Nephrologist, and he had me get labs drawn at once. My lab work showed that I had to adjust not only my medications, but the amount of meat protein that I consumed, and I needed to drink way more water.
My response to it all was to have a panic attack. Knowing I had to spend time in the hospital and the fear of losing my kidney transplant was highly upsetting to me. I let out all of my feelings about the situation the night before going to Walter Reed, but I maintained focus and optimism while I was there. Everything went well, and my kidney function improved. I was relieved, but at the same time physically and emotionally drained.
It forced me to put everything that I was doing on hold so I could recover and the Marine in me was guilty. Whenever I have to stop, it’s so hard to get back on track. One of my limiting beliefs that arise is if I “do too much” this will happen again. After I recovered, I pushed myself to do the things I know will make me better and regain focus. I still have residual negative feelings about my recent experience, but I remind myself how grateful I am that everything did turn out fine.
The other day I received the sign that now is the time to focus on Gen Resilient and kidney disease advocacy again. An email was sent to me with the question, how can one be resilient with kidney disease? I ended up almost writing a book to the gentleman who asked because, for me, there are steps to maintaining resilience with this challenging illness. My reply inspired me to create this video which includes tips for the kidney patient and their caregiver.
Our mission at VTA is to encourage, empower, and educate veterans on the transplantation process and provide resources that may assist veterans with a better quality of life. Veterans Transplantation Association is a non-profit organization that will provide support for all veterans of the United States Armed Forces that has sustained an organ, tissue and/or musculoskeletal transplant.