It wasn't until the worst of those medical situations were behind us that I realized there is life outside of that particular framework. I don't feel sorry for myself or wish things had been different; it was just the way it was. What I am is grateful for every day now that my family doesn't struggle with disease or injury.
All that leads to the truly amazing news my mom received at her annual visit to the Mayo Clinic. For the first time since 1984, she crossed the line from partial remission to no kidney disease. That's a long way from the doctor who originally told her she'd never see me grow up! I feel so thankful that she received this good news and I'm reflecting on what it means to know that almost 30 years ago, a terrible doctor gave her a death sentence that she could have accepted but chose not to. I'm also thankful to my mom for choosing to fight for her health and find the right medical team to see her through this long and difficult journey. I love you, mom!
I hope good news finds all of you in the days ahead and thanks for letting me share a little piece of our happiness!