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1 04, 2019

Where do we go when we disappear?

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Richard Pilnick Where do we go when we disappear? What risks would you take if you weren’t so attached to your name, face, physicality, reputation? Can you imagine being known simply as an imprint of kindness and goodwill? Three things in my life keep these questions alive on a daily basis. The first, having a

25 09, 2017

Shadows and Light

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Four years ago today I got a call that saved my physical body. I can rely only on my fading memory to travel back to that time when living day-to-day was a mental practice in both holding on and letting go; when acceptance wasn't a choice but a but integral to my own physical and

21 09, 2015

It Takes Two

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A few years ago after receiving a new liver via transplant, the doctors said to 'give it time' when I asked how long it would take to recover. At first, I had plenty of time; I spent two months in the hospital recovering from one complication after the other, and despite the lost hours watching

24 09, 2014

Open letter to God

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Dear God, It's hard to believe this is the first official letter I have ever written to you. I'm sorry it took me so long to pen one until now, it's just that I've been a little busy. No excuse, I know, and don't worry, my mother didn't put me up to it. I figured

5 06, 2014

Raw Fairies: The Story behind the Mini B Cleanse

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Read the Raw Fairies full review I've got to be honest. As a general rule, I don't subscribe to detoxes or cleanses, having experimented with many ways of cleansing the body from the inside out, both naturopathic, and prescribed. When I was younger, I enjoyed the challenge, the observation of the mental shifts and changes,

1 06, 2014

Integration: Post Transplant Life Eight Months On

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It's hard to believe it has been eight months since my life changing operation; on September 26, 2013 I was given a second chance at life after receiving a liver transplant. Every day I thank God to have another day on this planet to explore, to grow and to provoke positive change in myself and

15 05, 2014

Samskaras and Untangling Trauma

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Trauma. It is a loaded word that like everything, manifests in many different ways and for different reasons. Who knows why some people are traumatized by some things and others go unscathed? Psychotherapists such as Freud and Jung believed this has to do with the stable base that you did or didn't have between pre-birth

26 03, 2014

Happy Six Month-Aversary, New Liver!

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March 26 marks the 6 month mark of the biggest day of my life (besides being born and giving birth), the day of my liver transplant. People ask me how I've been doing since then, and while I feel very blessed to be alive, by all accounts this time of recovery hasn't been without great

5 03, 2014

Practices for Living and Dying

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I was asked by a local yoga studio to write a piece about my experience with yoga and my transplant in particular, under 700 word. This is what I came up with. Yoga: Practices for Living and Dying Often times, we show up to life expecting one thing, and end up finding something completely different.

4 02, 2014

The Letter

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Writing this letter has been a very important part of my healing, however, I am realizing that my journey of healing and recovery is just beginning. As the body heals and the 'emergency' of life fades, the emotional and mental aspects of the past years find new and interesting hues of expression. A small step,