The day is here! I slept OK and didn't fret about the hour or two that I was awake and thinking about things. I'll get plenty of sleep over the next few days. I wish I could have some coffee this morning but I don't need it. I feel as awake and focused as if I had the best coffee in the world.
I think Dustin had more coherent things to say about things than I will right now (yeah, D, don't worry about the anesthesia talk, I'm not worried ;) ) but I did have one interesting word that came to me last night that I think describes my feelings now. That is "resonance." One of the definitions is "the quality in a sound of being deep, full, and reverberating". I hear/feel the sound of all of you supporting us today. It is the most incredible chorus of love and support I've ever been subject to. It is so uplifting! Thank you all from the bottom of my heart! Another definition, related to physics, "the reinforcement or prolongation of sound by reflection from a surface or by the synchronous vibration of a neighboring object". I feel resonance like synchronous vibrations between all of us that are here to do this... the energy, hope, love, and determination that will get us through to the other side of this mountain and then down that steep slope of the next few days. The energy is harmonious, beautiful, and resonant. We had good visits with each other yesterday. Everything feels so right.
And I am still not nervous either! Surprise, surprise. I wouldn't have expected just how much inner calm I have had this past week, because I do get nervous about things sometimes, and this is a new and different and really big thing. But here I think that strength training has served me well. You do the work, and then the event comes (certification weekend, competition event, important training day, etc.); you know the work has been done and you just go do your best. I have prepared and done the work. I am ready. All is well. Everything is as it should be. Time to go do it!
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.