Start of the Journey on the Kidney Trails

The Journey may be unexpected, but if you are prepared to travel you can make it to the top. A.Reed

In today’s times many things around us are very negative. Imagine if you are diagnosed with a critical illness such as kidney disease during these uncertain times. How would you feel? How would you react? Is there anything positive that you can turn to? Throughout this blog I hope to help you along this winding path.

In the spring of 2013, I was diagnosed with stage 5 Kidney failure. I was told that I would need to start dialysis very quickly. If not, my future that I had planned for myself, would be cut short. In the days following my diagnosis, I started this unknown journey called dialysis.

When I started this trail it was not easy. There were days that I needed encouragement to press on. I would like to share with you some quotes and tips that helped me along the way and to eventually reach the end of the trail.

Words that are well spoken and written can lift you up and give you strength to journey on. Similarly, when you’re hiking and you’re feeling tired, a word of encouragement from a fellow hiker can encourage you to go a little farther. When dialysis was my only option for surviving, there was a lot of things going through my mind. What is ahead? Will I make it? And is there a future for me? So many questions and very few answers.

One of the first quotes that went through my mind was one from Zig Ziglar, “You are born to win.”

Just take a moment and ponder that we, you and I, were born to win. What an encouraging thought this was and still is today! We may be facing something greater than we have ever faced before, but when it comes down to it, we are born to win!

There is a lot of wisdom in Zig Ziglar’s message. I kept this thought throughout my journey. It has given me the mojo to continue the trail that I was on. To stay the course. Just that one quote gave me hope that I would come out the victor, because I was born to win!

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