There is a Japanese artist tradition known as Kintsugi that treats breaks and the repair in items (typically pottery or dishware) as something to be displayed rather than hidden as if it didn’t happen. The term means “golden joinery” and gold is the typical medium of repair. This leads to striking and organic patterns.
The pieces of broken dish are carefully collected and reassembled. A gold overlay is used along the fracture lines. Once cured the dish is sealed and polished ready for both appreciation and use. It could be placed on display and now is but traditionally it was returned to its original purpose.
Art through dismay and with diligent effort a return to function. This is how I want to view my surgery scar. As a symbol of what I have gained these past months and years as -I- have gained far more than a simple “return to function.” I am ready to again serve and be of use strengthened by what I have gained.
Anna Cannington has offered to be part of this program. As a kidney donor with a nephrologist brother (not to mention next level human) she will be able to provide unique insight into "other side" of the transplant process. It is particularly apt for her to join up as she is Dustin's Donor. To schedule a conversation with either of Anna or Dustin just connect with either of us!
Dustin was diagnosed with IgA nephropathy (Berger's Disease) in early 2007. He and his family know well the struggles that come with suffering kidney failure, dialysis and the transplant processes. Born from these fustrations and Dustin's love of strengths-based coaching (centered on what is best in people) comes the Kidney Koach program. This NO FEE program is for Renal patients, their families and nursing staff that want support, understanding and a little help on the path.