Alive and Survived


I’m 12 years post-kidney transplant, the borrowed kidney is fine, but scarred and striated. I’ve survived renal failure, heart failure, four types of heart issues [currently have three stents in heart and may need further surgery], two umbilical hernia surgeries, colon cancer diagnosis then misdiagnosis. I’ve had over 30 surgeries and procedures kidney, fistula, graft…… Continue reading Alive and Survived

Breaking up with the Gym


  Several years have passed since I last stepped foot into the local Y, yet i’m paying for a  monthly membership on the premise that “I’ll soon be healthy enough to go back to the gym.” If you’ve been following me for any length of time here and on facebook (http://www.facebook.com/brickoneil) you know that I…… Continue reading Breaking up with the Gym

New Book: Silver Linings on Dark Clouds


Announcing my short biography of my life with Alport’s Syndrome, a genetic, degenerative kidney disease that causes kidney failure.  I document the ongoing fight and struggle, not only with this insidious disease, but also the healthcare and social services systems, while trying to survive. A personal story of life with kidney failure, from diagnosis to…… Continue reading New Book: Silver Linings on Dark Clouds