Tuesday, May 04, 2010

The GIFT of LIFE for my friend


This is a true story and it happened to a good friend of mine. I will call him Ray.

Ray and I met in the rooms of Alcoholics Anonymous and we’ve become good friends. When I first met him he had a very responsible position as head master at a private school. Due to circumstances beyond his control he lost that job and spent well over a year looking for something comparable.

It was a very stressful time because Ray suffered from more than just the loss of his job. His kidneys were failing. Luckily he did find a job as Headmaster of a church Day School in our area and although he took a severe cut in salary it was a perfect fit for Ray. He loved the faculty and the students and they loved him and we in AA were happy that he would remain in our area.

Work was going very well for Ray but he was becoming sicker by the day and his Doctor had to start him on dialysis in order to keep him alive. This was a very bleak period for Ray and for all of us who loved him. He had been on the kidney donor list for a long time and relatives and close friends had been tested, but a match could not be found.

Changes were being made in the Church at this time also and a new female pastor was hired. When her husband heard about Ray’s quest for a kidney he offered to be tested and, HALLELUJIA, he was a perfect match. The operation was a great success and Ray (and the donor) are doing fine.

I often think of the “ifs” that led to Ray’s recovery…”if” he had not lost that first job, “if” he hadn’t suffered for over a year and finally found a compatible job and finally “if” they hadn’t hired a new minister with a husband who had the perfect kidney match …

In AA we refer to a Higher Power and I think Ray’s was saying “just hang in there. All these ‘ifs’ will lead you to a new life.” and it has !

7 Comments:

Blogger Syd said...

Those are the God shots that really bring the message home to me that there is a power greater than me. Thanks for the inspiring story.

2:21 PM  
Blogger Diana said...

Wonderful story Ginnie. I have signed my D.L. to be a donor. Why not?
Love Di ♥

3:12 PM  
Blogger Tossing Pebbles in the Stream said...

An organ donation is a courageous and wonderful gift, particularly from a living donor.

I had a friend who needed a kidney and her daughter who would have been a match refused to donate. What a hard decision for all concerned?

I heard recently that the small city near here, North Bay, Ontario has the highest number of people willing to donate organs in all of Canada. 34%. In comparison, the city of Toronto has a rate of 4%.
It is hard to understand the difference. between these two communitees.

Your friend was so lucky some might see it as a miracle.

3:57 PM  
Blogger Anvilcloud said...

I thought the new pastor was going to fire Ray etc. Happy endings are nice, especially for Ray ... and his friends.

4:08 AM  
Blogger Chancy said...

What a special story with a real happy ending.

8:32 PM  
Blogger Cazzie!!! said...

I love this story..and because I work with dialysis/transplant patients I see what wonderful things happen in the hospital. It is always awesome to see these people come back in for a check up rather than to sit there in a dialysis chair for many hours.
Huggs!

3:08 PM  
Blogger steveroni said...

a WOW! of a heavenly story, we should never question God, or His motives.

10:09 PM  

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