Drumroll, please…

Okay… I’m finally at liberty to tell you the big news. Are you ready??? After five years in Troy and three years in Andalusia, I’ve decided to move back to the Birmingham area. Back to my hometown, my family and the people I’ve known since 4th grade. Of course, I say that with mixed emotions.  … Continue reading

Can’t wait to breathe that mountain air

Well, it’s another cold, dreary day in south Alabama. Ugly gray clouds cover the sky and the wind is so biting it takes your breath away. All I want to do is crawl back in bed and hibernate until the sun decides to stick around for awhile. Wake me up when the grass is green, … Continue reading

I miss you…

Dear Summer, I don’t want to sound clingy, but where have you been? We used to have such a good thing, and now you’ve abandoned me. Without you, my days are cold and gray. Dreary and sad. It’s hard to get out of bed without you here. Remember how you used to make me smile? … Continue reading

You can call me Ariel

I’m sore. Black and blue splotches cover my legs. I’ve been beaten and abused. But it’s my fault. I did it to myself. I mean, it’s not like anyone forced me to ride that mechanical bull. I climbed on by myself, with an overly optimistic smile. A smile that turned into fits of laughter when … Continue reading

I guess it’s over

At the risk of sounding cliché… that’s the way the cookie crumbles. After seven months of something new, I’ve found myself back where I started. Single. And surprisingly, I’m okay with that. I could try to explain it a million different ways, but the simple truth is it just wasn’t working. Of course, until recently, … Continue reading

Where have I been? EVERYWHERE!

Wow – where do I start? The last few weeks have been a blur. A crazy, exhausting, nonstop blur of events that have seemed to both fly by and last forever. (How is that even possible?) There’s no way to accurately describe everything that’s happened since my last post, but here are the highlights: After … Continue reading

We’re tracking our packages

The day is finally here! We’ve been at the hospital since 5:00 this morning. They took Daddy back at 7:15 to prep him for surgery, and the proceedure started around 8:20. Three hours later, they’ve managed to remove one of his massive kidneys. One more to go before Michelle’s can go in. We’re all sitting … Continue reading

The 12 Days of Christmas: From a transplant patient

For those of you who don’t know, Daddy will get a new kidney (from my stepmom!) on Dec. 13. After surgery, they’ll stay at a townhouse across from the hospital for eight weeks while he recovers. To show you that he has a sense of humor about everything, I wanted to share his version of … Continue reading

Finding peace

(Check out the pretty flowers my coworkers sent me today. I work with some amazing people!) I know I updated y’all yesterday with the results of my renal ultrasound, and in response to some of the questions I’ve been asked, I thought I’d give a little better explanation of what Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) actually is. … Continue reading

Test results

Well, I got my test results back this morning. Unfortunately, the news wasn’t exactly what we were hoping for. The ultrasound showed multiple cysts of varying sizes on both kidneys – the largest on my right kidney is 4.4 cm (or nearly 2 inches). On the left, the largest is 3.8 cm. As a result, … Continue reading