Sunday, July 24, 2016

Art and Kidney Care....

There are now 30 of my original pastel paintings up on display and available, in the office of 

Kidney Care Physicians was founded on the idea that early diagnosis, responsiveness and attentiveness to patient’s needs, and dedication to patient education will give a high quality of life to our renal patients. Our mission is to provide a standard of excellence in renal patient care to improve the quality of life for our patients.


Since 1987, nurse Brenna
 has cared for me, encouraged me to follow the doctors guidelines, 
and has been there to answer any questions all these years. 
She continues to be there, giving me guidance as a kidney transplant patient.

At 30 years old, I was diagnosed with Chronic Kidney Disease.
 I was a young mother of a 3 year old daughter and a baby boy. 
In 2011, after 30 years of managing my CKD at Stage 3, 
I began to see my numbers get worse. At 59 years old, being in Stage 4, 
I would face dialysis or a possible kidney transplant.

With Dr Mikeska, and Kidney Care Physicians Clinic care and guidance, 
I was referred to Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital in Portland,
was tested and evaluated for a possible kidney transplant. 
My daughter Rachel, eagerly and lovingly offered me a kidney! 

Here we are shopping at IKEA on August 20, 2013.
This was just minutes after learning we were a match!

On November 4, 2013 we went in to surgery and the 
Gift of Life
was successfully given and received! 

Having this opportunity to share my art, and my
 journey through kidney disease and transplant,
 is truly a gift to me.
 Most of these paintings were created while traveling
 through my journey of hope, anticipation, transition, and healing.

"Seeing Possibilities"
8 x 12" pastel

I title many of the paintings to reflect positive visions for life.
 My wish is to share with the viewer that,
 like nature and it's beautiful cycles,
 life can be filled with new wonders and possibilities.

With the help of Rachel, and granddaughters
Lily and Gracie,
we filled the waiting room, lab, exam rooms and more.

Every day is a Gift....Celebrate Life!

"Seeing Dreams"
9 x 24" pastel
On one of my visits they had a huge banner hanging on the front of the hospital celebrating
1,000 kidney transplants. I was there that day to have an angiogram, to make sure my heart was healthy enough to go through surgery. I picked up a newspaper while waiting to be checked in that morning, and read an article about a life saving transplant that the team at Legacy had done. Needless to say, I was moved, emotional and filled with hope.

A few months later I became the 1049th kidney transplant!

Here are my husband Robby and I two weeks after surgery....
the day I got my staples out!

"The average waiting time for a kidney from a deceased donor is 3-5 years. A kidney from a living donor offers patients an alternative to years of dialysis and time on the national transplant waiting list. The living donor’s remaining kidney will enlarge, doing the work of two healthy kidneys."

Rachel and I had the pleasure of meeting this couple at the annual transplant picnic
 in the summer of 2014. The wife was the kidney donor for her husband in January 2014.
He had his transplant just a few weeks after I had, and was #1060!

More than 100,000 people in the United States are waiting for a new kidney

To learn more about life saving donation and read more 
stories of hope and donor heroes
go to:

I have one more story to share....

Ten years ago I lost my nephew Michael to a tragic accident.
He was a passionate bike rider who had just celebrated his 50th birthday.
 He exceeded his goal of riding 
50,000 miles 
by the time he turned 50.
Michael had designated that he would be an organ donor on his Oregon Drivers License.
He gave the gift of life to three Northwest people in need.
His liver was transplanted in to a 60 year old retired high school principal 
who had a second career in engineering.
His right kidney was transplanted into a Willamette Valley 28 year old on dialysis.
Her new kidney began working before she even woke up from surgery. At that time she was 
 a college student, a dance teacher and the mother of a 5 year old daughter.
His left kidney went to a 46 year old man with a wife and son. He had diabetes, 
which damaged his kidneys and disabled him.
 His new kidney  allowed him to look forward to renewed health.

"The Gift of Hope"
12 x 9" pastel
 Go to
to learn how to put an organ donor designation on your
 Oregon Drivers License.