It has been a month since I posted. I haven’t had much to share until today. My previous post had my dates and stops. My previous post is a little off now. I have learned many things over the years, but the most important thing I have learned is patience. Sitting in hundreds of waiting rooms for hours upon hours will do that to you. Most of my waiting room time was spent reading magazines, talking to my family or watching television. You’ll learn patience very quickly in those waiting rooms. Patience or anger. I chose patience.
A lot of my life, I have had to just go with the flow and see where life took me. I didn’t know what life would bring me. I could feel great for a month or two and then be down for a week. I could be looking forward to seeing a concert with friends and ready to go, only to feel like a truck hit me that morning. No concert. I could be volunteering at Camp Independence where I’d been volunteering for 26 years and on the morning the kids show up, I could have a 100* fever and end up in the hospital for the week.
It’s not always an illness that changes plans. This newest bump isn’t negative at all. It’s very positive. Unfortunately, I have to push up my trip again. Yesterday, I was talking to my friend and producer and he asked if it was ok to move the starting date again. He’s directing a new television show and he won’t be ready in April. I told him, of course I will! He is also a transplant recipient and we met at Camp Wiwanawi in North Carolina. Yes, Camp Wiwanawi. It was a kidney camp! I want him to be a big part of this journey. He will be making it into a movie!
I told him that I was stuck on my number four hold up. April 4th is the 4th month of the 4th year of my 4th kidney. I’m stuck on that. Well, instead of April 4th, we will be leaving on June 30th; my 44th birthday. I’m sticking with the fours. That gives us time to shoot a preview for sponsors. It gives us time for better planning. It gives us time to get a lot accomplished.
It also lets me go to another camp I was going to miss because of my journey. I will get to volunteer at Camp Braveheart this year. Camp Braveheart is a camp for children with congenital heart disease or heart transplants. I was going to miss going to camp this year, but now I won’t have to.
Things are looking up! I’m going to camp. I’m making a movie. I’m going to scoot across the country. Im scooting in the Fall. I’m hopefully going to change lives, mine included. It all begins the day I hit 44 years of age. June 30th to November 24th, I’ll be Scooting4Donors!