And now this part of my story closes but I want to share one some last thoughts about this part of my journey.
The journey would have been much more difficult without those that stood by me and helped me on this journey.
First and foremost, God was my rock and strength through this time without him I would not be here, and I am eternally grateful for his help.
What words do I use to thank my father and Mother as they were there from the very beginning. I know they had sleepless nights as they worried about me as only a parent can. To have good parents is something I do not take for granted and I am ever grateful for them.
My birth mother the one that gave me up for adoption. Without that sacrifice that she made I would have more than likely been found on the streets dead. Though she could not see what my future hold she let me go and gave me to my parents and I am thankful for that.
My wife that married into dialysis and walked this journey with me as well. Not many people would make a choice like that.
My care team I think of the ones that I have mention on this blog Spunky, Aunt B and the educator. There were many more that took care of me. Like the nurse that I asked could I have brussels sprouts and she said no, and I said you made my day I hate brussels sprouts. The team to the north of my clinic in the county T,L and S a great group of nurses that came to help out the clinic. The biomed that took time to speak to me every chance he could to see how I was doing. It was his example that helped me make a decision in my career and eventually work as a biomed dialysis. So many others that was part of my care team did such a great job.
The kidney coaches that took time to share with me the lessons of life that mattered. Family, coworkers, friend every one that had a part on this journey I am ever grateful.
At 22 I never dreamed that I would be on dialysis and have a major health issues. To some kidney disease is the worst thing that can happen to them. But for me it was a blessing in disguise. There is a song that says, “I Don’t Regret a Mile”. So true I don’t regret one mile of the Kidney Trails in fact I am grateful that I had the opportunity to walk this path called kidney disease. It was one of the best things that has happed to me. Because of two reasons my faith increased, and I found my purpose in life. You say Anthony you found your purpose in life. That is too easy you want to help people that are facing some of the things you faced. While this may be partially true it’s much deeper than that. In fact, it goes so deep that I lost who I was to find who I am supposed to be. Kidney trails is a part of that purpose, and I am ever grateful for that. I would hate to come to the end of life and realized that I only lived 5% of it and the rest went down the drain as Jim Rohn said. I want to encourage you that wherever you are whatever you are facing find your purpose in life. Once you find it share what you have learned along the way with the world so that you too may help someone else that is searching for something greater.
And to you the audience thanks for taking time to read my story I trust and hope that it has helped.
No this is not the end of my journey just a portion of y journey and I hope to be able to write more about it at a later date. But until then I want to one more time encourage you to keep on pushing for you are one step closer to the next peak.