“In the Old Testament the kidneys… are primarily used as a metaphor for the core of the person, for the area of greatest vulnerability” (https://www.karger.com/Article/PDF/13434). In Traditional Chinese Medicine they are storehouse of “pre-natal” Qi that you inherit from your parents and associated with the emotion of Fear. Berger’s disease demands an over production of the “protective” protein IgA. The intersection of these has long drawn my interest.
--What happens when protection of vulnerability is taken too far?--
There is some liberation from being vulnerable, to being laid open. My recent reckoning of strength is something akin to a willingness to be vulnerable. Some folks were concerned after yesterday’s post that I am sad or depressed. No. No, I willingly did an important sad thing. I cried while doing it, but wouldn’t you hope to? I wouldn’t rob anyone the richness of that experience even myself.
Echoing Anna’s sentiments. I don’t feel particularly excited (a frequent question) but content and accepting. We are focusing on preparing for the time away from home and have a plan. I little confidence in the plan itself (unless you have done this before, how could you) but utter confidence in the folks around me. Chiefly, I have been just trying to pay attention.
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.