This is such a great topic. I am so glad that this has been brought to the table for discussion.
My kidney transplant was june 1, 2010. I was 47 and had an amazing career in court reporting so i was determined to get this transplant and move right back into my workaholic life full steam ahead.
It took me a couple years to even slow down enough to notice the physical and emotional changes that were happening to me because, honesty, I needed to keep working until I turned 62.
Well, needless to say, last yesr I had to acknowledge my inability to maintain this pace of life even after reducing my job responsibilities as much as possible.
I certainly have noticed a need for peace and a joy for nature and mother earth. The noise and hustle and bustle of life overwhelm me.
I am much more empathetic to others and their suffering and can almost feel their pain.
I find joy in listening to the birds and the sound of the ocean waves as i stroll our beautiful coast with my beloved Maltese Sydney or taking a leisurely hike up to a beautiful waterfall.
My body has succumbed to fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue and tinnitus after having my childhood asthma reactivate, but I am learning to create a more peaceful loving environment to surround myself in so that I can learn to live a long peaceful life on this earthly journey.
My prayer is that all my fellow transplant recipients find your oneness within yourself and have peace and contentment!!
Happy Holidays to All!!