Welcome One and All!

I started this blog to chronicle the my life as a renal patient. I started having issues back in 1983. I had an infection that hadn't been treated as an infection; it had been treated as pulled muscle as I had been working as a nanny at the time. Life went on and then I dealt with a series of infections of infections which resulted in 4 minor surgeries from 1985 to 87. Than I had 3 kids; dealing with minor infections along the way. This culminated in discovering in 1998 that I was in what the call Chronic Renal Failure, my right kidney was imploding, the left was starting to go as well.

I finally had the right kidney removed in 1999, which resulted in complications. I almost didn't make it. When I moved back to Edmonton from BC, I started seeing a nephorogist, Dr. Caldwell, from the U of A. In 2007 I had 75% renal function, fast-forward to today I have 13% and it is getting worse.

I decided I needed a place to share what I am going through for a variety of reasons:

1) to get out of my head and work through the anxiety and fear that I am feeling.

2) that somehow my ramblings can be of help to others.

3) most of all to share my journey with others and to help me share with my own family.

Great Sites for Information

Kidney Foundation of Canada

Kidney Foundation of Canada

National Kidney Foundation (USA)

National Kidney Foundation (USA)

(I will Post more as I find out more information.)

Here are some great foums and educational sites...

Kidney School
Kidney School
Kidney Friends Forum
Kidney Friends

Also there are some groups on Facebook:
Canadian Kidney Connection
Canadian Kidney Connection

Ontario’s Renal Community
Ontario’s Renal Community

I will add more as they come in. Cora

Thursday, August 5, 2010

I was watching Global News and there was a story about a fellow from Australia having a bucket list.

 Someone was wonderful and found me the link to the website...100 Things.com.au. It is a great site, check it out. So I decided to write my own bucket list.

Here is my bucket List...

  1. To participate in an inquiry over what happened in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver. This was a big part of my life and I want answers.
  2. I would love to meet Sharon Osbourne. She is a strong lady and not afraid to go foe what she wants. I mean she is married to Ozzy who must be a difficult person to deal with. I have always admired her and really enjoyed her on celebrity Apprentice.
  3. Bret Michael's is another person I would like to meet. The front runner of Poison has had to fight a lot of health issues. He fought a great fight on Celebrity Apprentice as well.
  4. I want to write a book about my life and my struggles and intersperse it with knitting and crochet patterns.
  5. I would love to sky dive.
  6. To travel all over Europe and the UK, to enjoy the time of my life.
  7. To reconcile with my children (we have had a real tough go of it).
I will add more as I figure out what I want for my bucket list.


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