Apr 21, 2009

Do Something - follow up

Back in January, I was reading a blog and saw a picture the author had taken. It said, "Do Something." I loved it and wrote to ask her if I could use it for a carnival. I didn't have much blog traffic (probably still don't!) and so no one ever participated, but my first post was one that meant a LOT to me. As I have been sitting here today, thinking about my blog in general, it occurred to me that I never followed up on one of my first 'Do Something' posts. I'm sure that only a couple people remember this but I feel like the post deserves to come 'full circle.'

"Today on Do Something Monday, I have decided to do some homework. I plan to contact someone who is in position to explain all of the ins and outs of my potential decision. And then I plan to learn more about other possible solutions to help. That's all I can say for now as this is something very personal and I fear that opinions may sway what I ultimately decide."

My something was a friend in need of a kidney. I found out that a very dear friend from church had been sick and her kidneys were failing. My initial reaction was ok, I'll give her one of mine. I didn't say this out loud of course but I immediately went into research mode learning all that I could about the process, procedure, prognosis, etc... for both parties. There were a lot of factors to consider, two of the most important being the age of both of us (one somewhat young and the other somewhat older) and the impact on my ability to have children one day. Ultimately, by the time I was in the end stages of my research I found out that her family was being tested, and from what I understand they are still going through the process.


Abbie H. said...

I can totally see you considering giving up your kidney. You are such a giving person!

So does this mean you will be going back to doing Do Something Mondays?

You could do a Mister Linky to people Doing Something on Mondays!

I would join you for that.

GinSpaghetti said...

I had a linky up for three of them but no one joined, lol, so I took it down off of my page. I guess when you take it off of your header (there's an invisible code you put there) then it takes it off the post. Not sure... I'd have to go back and look through the posts.

I may try it again... it was really fun. Ok, I will try it again. HA! That didn't take much persuasion!

Sorta like 'mingsyno' - my word verification! :P

Anonymous said...

That's amazing that you even considered giving away a kidney. Wow, you're a better person than me!

Jill Foley said...

But would you give up an organ you really need? Just kidding!

If you go back to the Do Something Mondays...I'll try to join in some times! It's a neat idea.

pam said...

You are a very kind person!

Ali said...

Wow, you are such a wonderful friend to even consider that! I might join you on Do Something Mondays occasionally, you should give it a try again!

"Sometimes I'd like to ask God why He allows poverty, famine, and injustice in the world when He could do something about it, but I'm afraid God would ask me the same question."
You don't change the world by trying to change the world; you change the world by changing yourself.
-Gerry Straub