Wednesday, June 27, 2012

I'm still here!

I haven't updated in a little while as I haven't had much to update on! So here I go.

I've been back at work 3 times now, and I'm so happy to be back. Everyone is so supportive and SO nice.  Everyone keeps telling me how great I look.  My skin looks healthier, I've gained some weight, and everything just seems to be falling into place.  And, obviously, ain't nothing wrong with getting compliments a million times a day! :)

Next, I slipped and fell on Saturday. I was in my house walking through the dining room (tiled floor) and I wiped out. I didn't know that my mom had just mopped the floor and was in the kitchen mopping THAT floor. I started to slide, but my instincts told me that if I didn't act quick, I was going to slide into "the splits"...and I DEFINITELY did NOT want that! So I caught myself and quickly positioned my body so that I would fall on my but and not in the splits. When I fell, I hurt my right knee, right ankle, and my right hip a little bit. It was quite painful, but I put on a brave face for Mom.  I've been limping around the house for the last few days.  Today was the first day that it actually started to feel better, so I'm optimistic that there wasn't any major damage.  Nonetheless, to be on the safe side, I'm going to get an x-ray of my right knee and right ankle tomorrow.  If I didn't have a rheumatology appointment tomorrow, I probably wouldn't even get the x-ray.

So yes, I have a rheumatology appointment tomorrow!  Speaking of which, I had better write down a list of my medications.  They always ask me and catch me off guard because I cannot remember them off the top of my head...especially with all of the new and different medications that I'm currently on.

So there's the update! If there are any developments with my rheumy appointment tomorrow or with my x-rays. of course I'll report back! :)


Thursday, June 21, 2012

More advocating- Organ Donation Awareness

This past Tuesday I participated in another event, with the focus being organ donation/transplant awareness. According to, only 25% of Ontarians are registered to be organ donors.  1 organ donor can save up to 8 lives, and save/dramatically improve the lives of 50 additional people. We had to get the word out.

We met up at a school in the Dufferin and St. Clair area where my Dad's boss gave some encouraging words of thanks to all of the wonderful students who came out to support the cause. They all had signs and such, and it was amazing. After that, it was time to light the torch and start the walk.

While my brother and a few others walked, my Dad drove the truck and I spoke through the loud speaker, stating facts about organ donation as well as directing people to visit as well as to those on the street on that beautiful day.  It was great, because as we passed by different schools, tons and tons of students lined the sidewalks, cheering, clapping, and holding signs.  They high-fived the walkers as the walked by. It was simply wonderful.

We ended up at City Hall where I spoke briefly of my experience both before and after my kidney transplant.  After that, the walk continued to Toronto General Hospital, then to Queens Park. It was a wonderful event. I hope that when the next event comes, I'll be able to speak a bit more about my experiences as well as the importance of organ and tissue donation.

Below are some pictures and video of the event :)

Before the walk

Words From George Marcello

Pops and the boss

Myself, Papa, Khaled, the boss, big bro. and, of course, the torch of life! 

Handing out high-fives

Walking with the Police bike escort

All smiles from Frank

Big bro with the torch!

What a turnout! That kid near the middle with the blue striped shirt giving me the thumbs out was soo awesome!

More waves and kudos from the students 
Back to the walk

Another awesome reception from another school

How awesome are these kids?!?

Big bro with the torch

City Hall with some students that joined our walk along the way

City Hall

Media trucks

The truck I was in! :)

Something else cool is the fact that I tweeted this:

And got this response from Trillium Gift of life (@TrilliumGift) even though I didn't mention them in my tweet.  Is was pretty rad :-)

Lastly, here's a short clip of some of the students that met us outside during out walk. It was soo amazing, honestly. The horn sound in the background is my Dad using the truck's siren thing. :)

Friday, June 15, 2012

Sickle Cell Walkathon

Last week Saturday was the annual Sickle Cell Walkathon.  I sat in the car with my dad while the others walked.  I kinda wish I had walked, but me knee is still iffy.  Here are some pics from the event:

Walkers! (Not walkers like in 'The Walking Dead' -walkathon walkers!)

People observing the group walking

Happy walkathoners!

Slowing traffic



Angela and Kimmy!

The Boss!

M.P. Mike Colle

Torch of Life

Hello again, Mom!



Mom and I!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

My Convocation!

My convocation was on Tuesday. As I got dressed and ready to leave, I wondered if it was the best idea to do a leg murdering workout before I planned to walk across a stage in front of hundreds of people! Haha, but it was okay.

My friend 'She (pronounced Shay. For the purposes of this post, I'm going to spell her name "Shay", so that "Shay" and the word she are not confused LOL.) was there with me for the most part.  She and I had been in many classes together and became friends, both in and out of school.  Shay along with another college friend Christine came to visit me while I was in the hospital just after my transplant, so we're all close.

Attending Convocation was great for me.  Not only did I graduate, but I graduated with honours.  I mean, I know I've said this already, but it's just so symbolic for me. 2012 is my year of change...positive change.  I can't wait to see what happens next.

Everything went pretty much as planned during Convocation. While everyone was asked to hold their applause while each student walked across the stage, as you might imagine, there is always going to be some rogue family members or friends of a grad who cannot contain themselves.  It was so funny. I think the funniest one was when one student walked across the stage (I cannot remember his name, let's just say it was Joe) and then all you hear is "YEAH JOE! GET THAT DIPLOMA!!!". Oh my goodness-the whole audience erupted in laughter.

Anyhow, here are some pictures. Yay!

Shay and I's obligatory bathroom pic. It didn't turn out as great as we hoped... we took another one. I am holding the camera believe it or not :)


I'm a big fan of making silly faces in an otherwise serious situation

A nice one

We got our signals crossed. I thought we're doing silly faces, she thought serious faces.

So we did this one, which is our serious or "pissed off" faces.

Mixed up again. I thought we were doing another nice one, she thought we were doing silly faces.

So now we've both managed to do silly faces.

I'm the meat in a "my two favourite boys" sandwich.

Family minus my brother. Someone had to take the pic!

Myself and Angie, my HR Program Coordinator  as well as my saviour while I was taking online courses. My sister bought me those lovely flowers.

Yay for graduating with honours!  :)

P.S.- Dear Lupus, please shut up. I not only graduated, but I graduated WITH honours in spite of YOU. Good day to you.

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