Flashback Friday

Friday, March 27, 2009


Last year on March 27 I was taken by ambulance to Spectrum Hospital in GR because of major swelling in my legs and feet, which developed into fluid in my lungs and shortness of breath. All of which ended up being a result of kidney failure.


this is what started it all:



(goodness gracious that is embarrassing)



After 66 hemo-dialysis treatments a few weeks of PD, tons of tests, hundreds of vials of blood taken, 3 blood transfusions, 9 surgeries, an amazing sister and support system, and thousands of prayers.....here we are a year later!

Praising God for skinny ankles!

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my3sons said...

Wow! I can't imagine how you felt a year ago! I'm so happy to see the "after" photo looks so good:)

A Truly Grand Haven said...

WOW! To look back all you had been through what a long road. Prasie God for a new and healthy you!!!

Mindy Roelofs said...

WOOT!!! WOOT!!!! My my Katie, you sure have lost a lot of weight since then:) Hehe!!! I'm glad your lil sis could help you out with that:) I Love You and can't wait to share with you the many years of life you have now:) GO Paco!!! He is almost 6 months old:) Well I guess more like 21 1/2 because he was in me. But he didn't have as much meaning as he does now I guess:)

Stephanie said...

What a scary time that must have been. I love the after pic though!! Praise God for skinny ankles! (and a great recovery!!!)

Bluebird said...

How scary! But how wonderful the "after" photo is :)

Rebekah said...

Holy Moly!!! I'll never take my ankles for granted again! :)

Trish said...

They look much better today :) So glad that wasn't permanent :)

Kates said...

Yeah for no more cankles!!! I wish all of the trials from this last year never happened to either of us, but I am glad that we became Bloggy Buddies!! Kate

Ryan and Lydia said...

Praising God right along with you! What an incredible journey you have been on !

LJFredricks said...

I have to say for being caught so unexpectedly, your toes are perfect!! I am impressed ;)

2Erica2 said...

It is truly amazing how much we can be tested and then, through faith, hope, and love, emerge whole and thankful! I am so happy that things are going well. I remember last year reading about your story in the Sentinel and bringing my husband downtown for the Big Give. You deserved all of the prayers and support!

Verna said...

Praise God, for gift of new life thru transplant.

How scary it must have been for you then.

Your journey has been amazing!
Praying for you daily as you contiue into the future.
Preparing for the new little one.

Jenn said...

You have come so far and been through so much in a year...

bri said...

Nice ankles ya have there! haha. I know it has got to be so relieving to have that issue taken care of. I love my skinny ankles... unfortunately the rest of me decided to swell up after 3 children in 1 1/2 years. Maybe I need some surgeries! hahaha. If only! Until then I am going to walk around with elephant thighs and chicken ankles! hahahaha

Congratulations for enduring and hanging in there for a skinnier/healthier side of life! Yay for a second chance!

Neal, Rachel and Morgan said...

Can I say...HOT MAMA!!!! :) Robb is one lucky man!

Praising God for being by your side the whole way and giving you Paco! Continue to pray for your health as well as that little bundle that is going to be coming soon!!! :)

Nicole said...

You've come a long way in the past year. What an amazing support team you have. :) God bless

Jaclyn said...

Wow, oh wow! You have (picture) proof of what God has brought you through!

Kelly @ The Beauty of Sufficient Grace said...

What a journey the Lord has brought you through...it's good to look back and see what He's done for us. Praising the Lord with you for your healing...

Lori said...

You had a crazy, scary and heartbreaking year. You have come so far. Very happy to see the picture #2, praise the Lord for skinny ankles!

Have a great Weekend!

Anonymous said...

Katie,
I went to Brenaham's Grave the other day. I wanted to let you know that that so sweet.

Anonymous

Destini said...

I've been reading for a while and just thought with so many great things happening I would take a minute to congratulate you on everything from skinny ankles to the anticipated new brother! God is so awesome! Praising with you!

Cara said...

What a contrast! So glad this year has healed you and has you in a good place!

Devon said...

holy cow! thats crazy!

i'm glad you have your ankles back!

Kathy said...

Praising God for His blessings in your life this last year. It is good to give thanks!