Wow, this was an amazing week, one of the busiest weeks of my life- I have no clean clothes and haven’t unpacked from my weekend travels! But it’s been a memorable and amazing week filled with love, excitement, growth, gratitude, laughter, new and old friends, family, Rob, and unsolved mysteries being solved! I’ve slept in 4 different beds this week in 3 different states, but that’s not what this 6-way is about (fortunately/unfortunately? You can decide that on your own).
It’s been 7 months since I donated, and the last I heard about what happened after my kidney flew to TX was back in January. That’s when I learned that the chain was at least 3 transplants long and still going. Well this week, I heard confirmation from the Transplant Team that my chain is ended and was 6 transplants long!
So this is what that looks like (with other peoples names, this isn’t my chain)…..
The knowing of something, anything, about the details has been amazing to learn, it just helps me visualize what actually happened. There’s a start and an end to the physical part of the journey, and now I can picture my kidney family. So who are they? There’s me, I kicked it off. Then there are 6 sick people who were in need of a kidney, 5 who had loved ones who wanted to donate to them but couldn’t, so they donated forward so that their loved one could get a kidney from somebody else. How fucking cool is that?! It’s phenomenal knowing the extent of the energetic connection I have with this group of 12 people, who I will forever be connected to, and may never lie eyes upon. It’s just beautiful and it fills my heart with joy. I can’t begin to describe the feeling….
Some clarity that came to me this week that I am excited about is that I want to speak about my experience professionally, and do that with my dad. We are each others biggest fans, and will have fun with this. One day we will do a Ted Talk about this (hear that universe?!). It doesn’t even need to be about kidneys, depending on the audience, it can be about the fact that if you have 2 of something, you should give one away. And feel fucking phenomenal about it!