Kidney Transplant is 15 Today


Fifteen years ago (Actually started on 8/15 and ending on 8/16) I was notified while hooked up to a dialysis machine in Omaha, Nebraska, that I was a possible match for a cadaver kidney for transplantation. I remember I was feeling so worn out and tired. I was 135 pounds, at 5'9", more skeletal than … Continue reading Kidney Transplant is 15 Today

Approved Foods


It's no secret that I have a plethora of health issues and now have significant food allergies. I'm diabetic, I have a kidney transplant, I have heart issues, I have Irritable Bowel Syndrome and now Rosacea.  Due to these health issues, I can no longer have anything made from/with/of any type of wheat, rices, dairy, … Continue reading Approved Foods

Fitness Isn’t all about Weightloss


Had a great week, lots of positive things happened. The local pharmacy finally figured out how Medicare A, B, D and LIS worked together and I received one half my medications. They filled the Immunosuppressants and Insulin. For those of you who read my Biography, Silver Linings on Dark Clouds, know I received a kidney … Continue reading Fitness Isn’t all about Weightloss

Happy 47th Birthday To Me


Celebrating my 47th Birthday today and I am so grateful. I've spent the past 13 years living on borrowed time after the kidney transplant in 2003. The years have sped by, I've lived in different cities, met met a lot of people over time. My health has changed, I've survived more surgeries, I've slowed down … Continue reading Happy 47th Birthday To Me

Renal Checkup, Blood Sugars and Hospital Pharmacy


Saw my Renal Doctor today and all is well so far. Still have labs to do to check the little guy and blood labs. I asked to drop the Fish Oil and Flaxseed tablets (that previous doctor's in Omaha and Seattle prescribed) because the hadn't done anything to help prevent heart/cholesterol/lipids issues. After having heart … Continue reading Renal Checkup, Blood Sugars and Hospital Pharmacy

Healthy Thursday: How I Quit Smoking Cold Turkey


How I Quit Smoking 2 Packs a Day, Cold Turkey How I Broke My Worst Health Habit Brick ONeil, Yahoo Contributor Network SWEET NOTHINGS Ah, that moment when you know you're doing something naughty, forbidden but do it anyway. For me, that was when I started smoking when I first entered graduate school at age … Continue reading Healthy Thursday: How I Quit Smoking Cold Turkey

Healthy Thursday: Happy Healthy Birthday to Me!


Today is my 46th birthday and my kidney's 12th birthday! I"m lucky and thankful to be alive, thanks to the donor family, thanks to all these years of healthy eating (yes, i'm shamelessly plugging Simple Healthy Fresh), exercise and, sometimes, thanks in-spite-of all the years of doctors, healthcare, surgeries, procedures, broken bones, heart surgery-i'm here. … Continue reading Healthy Thursday: Happy Healthy Birthday to Me!

Healthy Thursday: Hold the Mayo


Hold the Mayo: How I Broke My Fast Food Habit Brick ONeil, Yahoo Contributor Network Before I received a kidney transplant in 2003, I really didn't have an appetite, as dialysis pumps so many chemicals into your body, cleaning your blood that your kidneys can't. Foods taste bland and you're limited to what you can … Continue reading Healthy Thursday: Hold the Mayo

Healthy Thursday: Diabetes Awareness


  November is Diabetes Awareness Month, so in that vein, I've been posting articles I've previously written. This week is an article I wrote on how it felt to be diabetic. What I Want You to Know About My Diabetes: On the Mountain Climbing that Mountain Brick ONeil, Yahoo Contributor Network, previously Demand Studios. It … Continue reading Healthy Thursday: Diabetes Awareness