Writing Wednesday 3: Awareness

Good morning, lovelies! I hope you all had a fantabulous weekend. Since today is Wednesday, I’m back with another segment of Writing Wednesday!

Although today is Writing Wednesday, I wanted to take this time to discuss why the month of March is my most favorite time of the year. And I can assure you it has nothing to do with Easter candy and everything to do with being a part of something bigger.

As you all know (because I never shut up about it), almost five years ago my dad was diagnosed with renal failure. As you get older, there are certain memories that are forever etched in your brain. For me, it’s when my dad was diagnosed with renal failure.

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In my eyes, my father has done an amazing job with sticking to his proper diet, monitoring his intake of liquids, and going to dialysis for four hours every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday mornings.

But now, it’s time for me to do my part. It’s time for me to bring awareness to kidney disease. Back in December, I teamed up with Kidney Nation to raise $2000 for kidney patients in honor of my dad.

While raising the $2000 would be a tremendous help to kidney patients all over the world, it’s also important to spread awareness by word of mouth. Think of how many lives we could save. Thirty one million Americans and their families are affected by this disease, and we can help lessen that number.

So starting today, for the month of March, I will be sharing helpful tips, as well as facts about kidney disease.

HELPFUL TIP #1:  Be sure to drink an adequate amount of water and limit sodas. BUT, for all of you dialysis patients out there, try to limit your fluid intake so you won’t have to have a ton of fluid pulled off of you during dialysis. Thirsty, but worried about your fluid intake? Try eating ice chips, or spritzing your mouth with a spray bottle!

To donate or learn more about Kidney Nation, click here to visit my fundraiser page.

 

 

 

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Writing Wednesday 2: No Place Like Home

Hello, my darlings! I know. It’s been far too long since you’ve heard from me, but have no fear because I’m baaaack! When I made my last post, it was New Years Eve. It’s hard to believe that we’re nearing the END of February. Where has the time gone?

Well I don’t know about y’all, but 2016 has been a HECTIC year for me already, and we’re not even halfway through it. Why, you might ask?

Picture this. You’re standing in your living room, conversing with two of your sisters and holding your 16 month old nephew while your mom is in the kitchen, preparing dinner, and your father is in the bedroom, lying down after being at dialysis for four hours. Then, during the bad weather, lightening strikes, shakes your home, and a tree falls through the roof of your kitchen.

That happened to my family and me almost five weeks ago. We were displaced for four weeks. Since then, we’ve moved back home, but things are still a work in progress. My oldest sister and her family accepted us into their homes with open arms, and I’m forever grateful.

In other news, I’ve met someone new, and I think I’m in love! And by someone new, I mean I have a new story in my  life. Its title is “Every Breath I Take”, and I’ve been plotting for a few weeks now. I don’t want to give too much of the plot away, but the main character is a cancer patient.

At first I was hesitant to write this story because I don’t want to be known as the author whose main characters are always ill. I also felt like the cancer story has been told so many times. However, I realize that no one is going to be able to tell this story like I will. Because after all, only you can tell your story.

I’m hoping that Every Breath I Take will be the story that not only brings awareness to ovarian cancer, but gives cancer patience hope. Hope that everything will eventually be okay because I honestly believe that one day, there will be a cure for cancer. We just need to keep doing our part by bringing awareness to it.

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