Category Archives: 31 Days

Sacrifice is Counter-Cultural

Why would I give something so precious to someone I’ve never met? Why would I go through such risk when there is no tangible benefit to myself? Why sacrifice when it is not required? Why…? Jesus sacrificed when he didn’t … Continue reading

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Scars

This is a picture of my incisions about 3 weeks after surgery.  Eventually the two small ones will fade and be hardly noticeable. Here is an excerpt from what I wrote for a testimony I gave at church: The thing … Continue reading

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Long-term Risks?

So, obviously I’m pretty bad at this whole “31 Days” thing, seeing as how I’ve completely missed the past 4 days!  The perfectionist I am, missing so many days tempts me to just throw in the towel and call it … Continue reading

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What is Excess?

I understand that many people will not be either willing or able to donate their spare kidney.  (However, if you are both willing and able–DO IT!).  I’ll venture to say that most people can’t relate to donating a kidney.  But … Continue reading

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Giving and Receiving

“It is more blessed to give than to receive,” said our Lord Jesus.   Some people can hide behind giving.  Giving requires physical sacrifice for sure, whether it be time, money, or muscle, but it can happen without emotional attachment. … Continue reading

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When Donating a Kidney Means Everything and Nothing

Somewhere inside me a little girl who just wants to help people.  Helping people is fulfilling, heart-warming, and gives a sense of purpose. On the other hand, I’m one girl, who doesn’t even do one good deed each day.  What goodness I … Continue reading

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Kidney Chains

An exciting thing about being a non-directed donor (meaning you are not donating to a specific person) is that your donation affects more than just one person!  An amazing thing that the National Kidney Registry does is create a “chain” … Continue reading

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Pictures–It Really Happened!

To make up for yesterday’s lack of post, here are some pictures to prove it really happened! Before surgery….   After surgery… (please excuse the triple chin)   Kidney in a box!!    This post is part of a series … Continue reading

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Day 4: Scripture

Scripture–especially the New Testament–is full of exhortations to honor God with our bodies.  While these verses are often in the context of keeping sexually pure, the principles themselves can encompass so much more.  Here are a few scriptures that I … Continue reading

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Day 3: The “What-If”s

“What if one of your children needs a kidney someday?”  “What if your spouse or parent or sibling needs one and you would have been the best match?” When most people found out I was planning on donating a kidney to … Continue reading

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