Grateful

Photo courtesy of Donate Life NW!

Photo courtesy of Donate Life NW!

I can’t believe that I’m one month away from returning to work.

Here is what I've been up to:

Swimming! Before this, I hadn't set foot in a pool in two plus years!

Lewis and Clark College Pool, a summer tradition. 

Lewis and Clark College Pool, a summer tradition. 

Joshua and I said goodbye to our old apartment and moved into a new home.

Moving day exhaustion, sitting on the porch of our new place. 

Moving day exhaustion, sitting on the porch of our new place. 

Celebrated 2 months of my kidney transplant!

Monday blood work at Kaiser

Monday blood work at Kaiser

Over the past couple of months, I’ve taken the time to reflect, relax, and take care of myself. I’ve also just been filled with so much gratitude.

I’m so grateful to my donor and their family. Thank you for giving me a second chance at life and for allowing me to finally feell like myself.

After waiting for so long I was becoming a person that I didn’t know and was unfamiliar with. Through all the ups and downs, I truly believe that the hardships I’ve had over the last three years have only made me stronger and taught me patience. Most importantly I feel that this kidney was meant for me and everything was aligned to make it happen.

Thank you to all my friends and my family for supporting me as I healed. Joshua and I have had many delicious meals and have been buying our healthy groceries. With not working for a couple months and taking FMLA this is well appreciated.

Also, thank you for all the well wishes and healing energy sent my way. I know that everyone has been rooting and hoping for a long time that I would receive a kidney.

As always, thank you for being on this journey with me.

Alysia Yamasaki