Another year with ESRD and I am grateful to be Alive!!!

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Another year with ESRD and I am grateful to be Alive!!! I celebrated another birthday today and I am so excited to be Alive!!! I had a wonderful day with family and received many Birthday wishes from family and friends, some near and some far.

Actually, the celebrations started yesterday when Ed and I spent the day with my sister Desiree who took us to The Old Spaghetti Factory for lunch and my favorite Crab Ravioli. It was an awesome lunch with my beautiful sister who moved to Washington State with my husband and me in August of 2015. I am going to miss her when she moves to Las Vegas in September. It's great that she will still be close and we can visit more often than if we were still living in Hawaii.

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Later that evening, we went to the home of our special friends Jennifer and Rich Rusell. We had a great time enjoying each others company and learning more about each other. Our friends invited us to join them for dinner which was unexpected. We had a wonderful dinner and I received a free slice of Peanut Butter Creme pie for my birthday. It was awesome and delicious and the company was great.

Our older son Brian, my daughter in law Gia and grandsons Cade and Benton took Ed and me to lunch at The Crab Pot on my birthday. I absolutely love crab and it is my favorite crab place here in Washington. It was not disappointing and I savored every bite. Having family around to help celebrate another day of living is the greatest joy in the world.  

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My son Nicholas, his wife Angie and my three grandchildren, Levi, Noah and Ellie called to wish me a Happy Birthday. They will be coming to visit with Ed and me later this week. They live in Washington as well but they are a 3-hour drive from where we are.

It has been an awesome couple of days celebrating with family and friends. I love making the memories that I can cherish for years to come. I am also grateful for the many doctors, nurses and medical professionals that are and have been involved in my life. 

So having ESRD is not the end of life but the beginning of a new way of life. It can be trying at times but having family and friends to help celebrate the important moments in life and making memories is so important and I am so grateful that I am Alive to experience these moments.

Please take a moment and reflect on your life and health. We must take care of ourselves so we can make the memories and be a part of the lives of our families and friends. We are all special and we need to be there for one another. So until next time be safe, make memories and we will continue my journey.

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