A new life for a new man
This time last year, my world was upside down. For those of you who don’t remember, or didn’t read my blog back then, we came unfathomably close to losing my dad. He was unresponsive for days, and I’ve never been so scared.
It’s unreal to look back and see how much has changed since then. He was so sick. Failing kidneys, no energy, constant pain. A colorless face, with the exception of the dark circles under his eyes. Now? Well now, he’s the picture of health, rosy cheeks and all. Thanks to the transplant, he now has a fully functional kidney that has allowed him to resume his life, after years on hold.
In fact, just this week he embarked on a new journey – a new chapter to his rapidly improving life. After three years of being unemployed, he’s accepted a job in a field he loves. And to top it off, it’s near the beach. Somewhere he’s always wanted to live.
Last weekend, he and my stepmom moved to Jacksonville,Florida, where they’re now shopping for a beach house. He gets seafood as often as he wants, and can put his toes in the sand on any given day. For a guy who could barely get out of bed seven months ago, this is heaven, and I could not be happier for him.
Over the past few months, I’ve seen my dad become the man I remember. He’s funny, full of life and ready for adventure. It feels so good to have him back.
Happy Father’s Day, Daddy – you’ve been through hell and have a chance to start over. Here’s to a new life, full of health, happiness and palm trees. I love you.