7 years ago today I underwent major organ transplant surgery. The years of sickness leading up to my #transplant were the darkest days of my life where #depression , #defeat and #insecurities ruled my everyday. I was only a child going through #chemotherapy , #dialysis , blood #transfusions , countless surgeries, popping more pills then every patient in a nursing home combined, I felt like there was no light at the end of my tunnel. When your fighting a #battle with your own body, which is letting you down, it's hard to remain #optimistic . Even though my #illness consumed my life at the time, all I could do was keep telling myself "THIS IS NOT YOUR LIFE." I can still remember the day we received the phone call from my #surgeon who told us I was healthy enough to have my transplant.
The human body is quite remarkable as it is able to withstand all sorts of trauma and adjusts accordingly. We are born with two #kidneys but are able to survive with one. When one is removed the remaining will grow to the size of two to take on the workload. As a freak of nature, I have 3 kidneys. My own two, plus the #kidney my mom #donated to me. She literally gave me life twice. How fucking cool is that?
Today, not only am I #healthier in #body and mind, but my experience has given me a newfound #appreciation for life. I stop and thank the powers above for this new lens that I see the world with.
I wear my #scars proudly like battles wounds. They are #medals of war. A reminder that I had the strength to overcome something that tried to take my life, to remind me that I #survived . My scars are there to tell me that the past was real, and to never forget how #powerful I am.
Did you know....? Every 10 minutes someone is added to the transplant waiting list #kidneyiversary#donateyourorgans#donateblood#mymomismyhero#imthestrongestpersoniknow#renalfailure#transplantrecipient#transplant#redemption#secondchances
Had a little moment of 'what am I doing with my life this morning!'. I'm going to put it down to fatigue however, I gave myself a little kick in the butt and told myself that I was proud of me. I'm always progressing and I'm always developing in myself, my career, my company and personal life. I've learnt in my life that I'm never satisfied which is actually ok! It's ok not to be satisfied as I'm always reaching to be better. To grow my company or develop in my career. It's my life and I create the life I want. Nothing is perfect because what is perfect anyway? It won't be the same 'perfect' as yours to mine. But, I'm proud of you Rhiannon and who ever else decides to read this I'm proud of you too. 🙌🏽#imthestrongestpersoniknow#selflove#gratitude#lifegoals#inspiration#kickbutt#girlboss#itsnevergetseasieryoujustgetbetter #💪🏽 #🙌🏽
Been through hell and back & I'm standing here with my head held high, because I dug my self out of every trial and tribulation that was thrown my way on my own. So say what you want about me, I'm my own hero & I am my own motivation to be a better person. #reachingmygoals#onestepatatime#imthestrongestpersoniknow 💪👊
Any time I feel weak, or not good enough, I just look at my reminder that in God's eyes, I AM good enough.. He makes me beautiful. My feathers give me strength to keep flying. I'm at rock bottom right now, but I'll fly my way back up to the top soon. 🙏 #StayingPrayedUp . #ImTheStrongestPersonIKnow .
I'm not quite sure how I'm going to get through this , but I know GOD wouldn't put me through any of it knowing I couldn't handle it. I just always need to remember there's always a light at the end of the dark road. #imthestrongestpersoniknow#dontgiveup