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Thursday, August 6, 2015

Reaching out

As i sit  on my couch, watching aimlessly into the dysfunction that is my day, I am reading about things going on in life. And you know what I noticed, Every single article that comes up on my Facebook news feed is negative. 

So let's light up the screens with a little happiness.

I have recently, like 10 minutes ago, have been reading the blog of the one and only Jeremy Roloff from Little People Big World.  He is a photographer, and Reality TV show star.  But his photography is a story all in it's own.  I follow his work pretty closely, checking to see what new stuff he comes up with.  I have a bad habit of looking at other works of art and try to make a similar experience through my own lenses.  Taking pictures calms my soul, journalism and reading make for a really relaxing weekend.  I don't get much done, but I still love to do it.

For example, I have a paper journal, that allows me to make some pretty imaginative pages, it's like scrap-booking, or making a graphic novel. I use colours, images, quotes, bible verses and pictures that I have taken, read, found and sometimes even song lyrics.  It's a form of release and reflection on my life.

Going to back to Jeremy Roloff's blog, he makes mention of a phrase he and his bride Audrey had come up with while they were courting in a long distance relationship.  It's "Braid it".  I don't intend to use the phrase, and if I do maybe that is a good thing.  But here is their explanation for the phrase "Braid it"




Photo credit www.golifeorbust.com
"Think about the structure of a braid, it has three strands. The third strand is what holds a braid together. Without it you would be left with a twist, which is easy unraveled. The third strand is the most important, and is imperative to keep all three intertwined." 

- Jeremy & Audrey Roloff 



What a brilliant phrase, and if you think about it, a braid is never ending, it keeps holding things together, until you untie it.  A braid can be any size, a braid can be beautiful, messy and simple.  A braid like a soul can be complicated it can easily be unraveled, or tightly kept together.  It can be simple and doesn't show any wear or tear.  A braid can a be it's own story, telling the tales of someone who has been through it all, and nothing at the same time. It can be manipulated to become something spectacular.  

~Ali

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

It's that time again...

Hey there friends,

It's that time of year again.  Yep, my Lungaversary. 6 glorious years.

I had a notion to do some research on deaths in Ontario on the 16th of February 2009, or in and around that time.  But I haven't done this as of yet.  I had this whole wonderful event planned on the 16th of February this year, because every day follows on the same day of my transplant 6 years ago.

 If I can get just a few people to indulge me and be a part of something that is so important to me, would be the making of a wonderful event.  But there have been no response to my request that I have made. I wanted people to write a little note, a sentiment, a bible verse, a quote anything to thank them for their selflessness and their strong hearts be be able to donate their loved ones to complete strangers.

Is this too much to ask?

It must be because no one has even given me a simple answer as to why they will or wont.  Not even my best friends are going to participate in this event, and that truly hurts. But if they asked me to do something I am there without a question.  I guess I am asking something too personal, maybe not everyone is for Organ donation, if that's the case, then how are we even friends?  I am breathing and living today because of a family that believed that their loved one will live on a little longer.  I am so confused!

I honestly thought that this was something we all shared, and could be a part of.  But I guess i was surly mistaken on that one.

Why doesn't anyone see how much this means to me?  Am I the only one who is so thankful that i would give up my life for anyone that needed my organs when I die. You know I was hoping that this was going to be a good blog today, but it has just really upset me, that I don't think I can write any more.

So for as long as i am alive, I will cherish the lungs that were so generously donated to me.  I will guard them with my life, protect them at all cost, and do whatever deemed necessary to give these beautiful lungs the live the previously owner, should be living.  Well in order for my life to prevail, I should not rely on anyone but myself to thank God and my donor family for what they have given me.  Because some days, I feel as though I am the only one fighting this battle.

I will celebrate on my own this year.  And should anyone feel it necessary to wish me a good day then that's fine.  but it's not just my day, it's also my other family's day.  The should get the same amount of respect from my friends and family, as they give me.

Good night Blogland

Ali