“What do I think of Anna? “That is what the hospital publicist asked me by phone as I sat on the bed at my parents house watching Kenzie, Mom and Dad flitter about unpacking (Bennett was with Aunt Robyn). We had just pulled in and feeling quite unsettled still. I had called Anna to share with her how -off- it felt that she wasn’t next door and she didn’t answer. When the publicist called I assumed it was Anna and answered without checking ID. The perky voice on the other side said some nice things and that immediately drew my suspicions. I’m not overly distrustful by nature, but the high-dose and high-volume congregation of chemicals needed in the beginning to maintain Anna’s gift has left me a bit nebulous of mind and baser protective modes have emerged.
“What type of person do you think volunteers to donate to a stranger?” Was the next question and I couldn’t tell exactly how I answered the first? But, I answered immediately:
-“She has never been a stranger; I just didn’t know her.” -
Warning to media folks, I tend not to give good sound bites or provide simple single factor answers. I shunted the following awkwardness by asking some more clarifying questions at what the objective of this call was. In short, the hospital wants to shop our story to local affiliate and tie it to WLOX story that Anna did a few weeks back. The publicist is writing it up (Anna and I will get an editing pass) and then shopping it to local news for a story. The very palpable sense of urgency comes from Anna’s scheduled return home.
Anna called me back then and the I realized that the reason she didn’t answer earlier was that she was on the line with the publicist. I didn’t answer but texted her who I was talking to. We connected after my call and agreed (as we do on most everything, except diet soda) that we were both “in” as long as it could be of value and service.
So, what do I think of Anna? That is between us and our families. I have no issues recklessly spewing out sentence after sentence as my rambling posts can attest, but we are walking were words fail now.
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.