Tuesdays with … April 21, 2014

Here’s your Tuesdays with…. update for those in need of a kidney transplant and their advocates. You could use the following information and email to family members, friends and post on your Facebook page and other social media outlets. You could also include additional information about your health, progress and other activities. If this is your first Tuesdays with… update, click here to learn how to use Tuesdays with… to expand on your Kidney Kampaign.

For those who have had a lingering medical condition you know how difficult it is to stay positive. I’ve found some inspiration from a 1988 pop song by Bobby Mcferrin, “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”. Just reading the song’s title makes me smile.

The lyrics go like this (I bet you could sing along too):

Here's a little song I wrote
You might want to sing it note for note
Don't worry be happy
In every life we have some trouble
When you worry you make it double
Don't worry, be happy

Ooh, ooh ooh ooh oo-ooh ooh oo-ooh ooh ooh oo-ooh
(Don't worry)
Ooh oo-ooh ooh ooh oo-ooh
(Be happy)
Ooh oo-ooh oo-ooh
Ooh, ooh ooh ooh oo-ooh ooh oo-ooh ooh ooh oo-ooh
(Don't worry)
Ooh oo-ooh ooh ooh oo-ooh
(Be happy)
Ooh oo-ooh oo-ooh
(Don't worry, be happy)

As I continue my journey to find a donor, every day I tell myself “don’t worry, be happy”. I know when I walk down the street, smile and say hello to someone I am making a difference in their day. I also know that after saying “hello” someone will stop and say hello to me. One day, when I have made a difference in someone’s day, I have said hello to him or her, they will say hello to me, and they will ask me why I say hello to everyone. I will tell them my story, that I am in need of a kidney transplant, and I will not worry and will always be happy. Why? Someone I meet could be my kidney donor.

The next person I meet might be the one that makes a difference. If they can’t donate, no worries, you may know someone who can. If they are not a match, no worries, they can be a match for someone else, and that person will have a match for me. You’re scared to donate? No worries, I’m scared too, but we will go through the journey together. Why? In the end, we will both be happy. Remember, don’t worry, be happy.
You can try saying hello to people you pass, I know you’ll make a difference in their day.

(You could also provide some information about your health, dialysis, your energy level, something you and your family are doing together or an experience you’ve had at the transplant hospital.)

I am very grateful for the continued support I’m receiving from family members and friends and will continue to keep you up to date on my progress.

My thanks to Judy, LKDNs Facebook guru for developing this update.

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Until next week, we wish you the best in your journey.

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Harvey Mysel, Founder & President

Harvey established the LKDN after recognizing the need for better resources while pursuing a successful living kidney transplant in 2006. Our purpose is to share knowledge and build the confidence to enable the life changing benefits of living donation. Click here to learn more about Harvey.

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