(Many thanks to our guest blogger, Shirley Barchi, avid world traveler, hiker, lover of theatre and reading, passionate volunteer (in theatre, library and reading programs for children, and numerous athletic events)….. and now adovcate for kidney health)
According to the National Kidney Foundation, more than 20 million Americans – one in nine adults – have chronic kidney disease (CKD) and most don’t even know it. More than 20 million others are at increased risk. Kidney disease is a progressive disease which means that damage to the kidneys tends to be permanent and cannot be undone. It is important to identify kidney damage as early as possible. Like so many others, I had no idea how well, or not, my kidneys were working. It was only when the doctor told me my GFR was low that I learned some very valuable information about my kidneys. [click to continue…]
(Many thanks to our guest blogger, Cathy Fairchild, owner of Say Yes to Less and professional organizer extraordinaire! You may connect with Cathy and learn more about her and her awesome services at www.sayyestoless.guru)
I grew up in a large family – my parents raised five sons and three daughters and I was number six. My siblings and I have some similarities, but for the most part we are very different. Some of us are leaders, some are followers. Three of us moved to different parts of the country and five still live within 10 miles of the home we grew up in.
In 2013, we lost our Mom to lung cancer and thankfully she did not suffer long. During difficult times, it is SO important that families stay in touch. This was such a private time for our family and details were not posted on Facebook. We decided to communicate via email to all eight of us. When responding, it was always “Reply All.” This was important in two ways – the information was in writing and could be referred to at any time to avoid misunderstandings and nobody was left “out of the loop.”
As much as we do not want to think about it, or talk about it, at some point our parents’ estate will need to be settled. I truly believe that the “Send to All/Reply to All” plan will be imperative to ensure that all eight of us, no matter where we live, whether we are a leader or a follower, or what our birth order, will get identical information.