I haven’t written here in a bit, for those still onboard, I thank you for your ongoing support and patience. Things are going well. Save the drain in my belly everything else in recovery is going better than I can ask for. The drop-in dosage and time on the new meds have allowed my brain to clear. I still fatigue easily and am always hungry. With this said, I am doing ok not being ok. I have been writing a great deal with coaching conversations and coach training taking up the remainder. I am in the middle of Dr. Amen’s Brain Health certification and that has fueled some insight, conversation and further research. From a coaching perspective, it only makes sense to check the hardware (Brain & Biology) before running software (Goal setting) this ties tightly into my background and HPI studies.
Love is something that I have been thinking a lot about lately. There is the concept of “Amor Fati” or the love of your fate. This is going to beyond acceptance of your situation and actually wishing for things to be as they are. Crazy… perhaps, but useful if achievable. I will say that I can no longer hate what has happened or the disease process. It has had its uses if only to illustrate what is important and what is not.
You would think that I would have some grand plan with my new-found freedom that Anna’s choice granted. Nope, what I want is modest in comparison to my former aspirations. I want to coach and watch Ben flourish. I am not quite at the client load to make this a viable provider option but at enough that I don’t need to panic and seek out employment. I was probably a bit overloaded before transplant, but now will be seeking a few more folks. I have been resistant to the business building programs that coaches get thrown at them (getting burned out in the fitpro space). I am taking a craftsman’s view of my practice and not tying myself to the overused entrepreneur moniker. I seek mastery and to take Cal Newport’s advice to be so good they can’t ignore me. So, having one impactful conversation at a time and asking for referrals is my route forward till another decision needs to be made.
Anna, seems to be doing well by her posts and texts. I am glad she is home and settled in to her normal life. I am jealous that she at least got to the gym where she trains this morning. I rode by ACWA on the way to Labs this morning that is about as close as I will get for a while. Small price. Walking is the only thing I am cleared for and after seeing some footage of hernias shared in a transplant group on Facebook… I’m good with that. No reason to suffer that and get my training pushed back further. As I have said before I won’t program anything for myself until next year, but fates willing I will get to some rehab work and skill rebuilding long before then. This IS a new body. Evidence for that popped on yesterday’s walk when I noticed my left heel strike was far too hard. I did some tricks to take the edge off but the issue/situation is in my pelvis. Now this is minor nitpicky stuff, but that is the stuff I tend to get obsessively curious about. I am not picking at it… just letting my body resettle and then I will reassess. If THIS is what I am concerned about I am in a very good place.
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.