Happy New Year! Many of you know that since 1995 I have named each new year as it begins, marking the occasion with an essay about where I currently stand and what I think is in store for the 365 days ahead. Yesterday, the Year of the Vertical Climb ended, and a very important year began. I'm struggling with this year's essay, because unlike every other year, 2006 has had its name set in stone since I began the project, and it's one that I have eagerly anticipated for ages. It's the only year that I've ever named in advance, and it chose me, not the other way around. It is Year 33: The year I turn 33. The number 33 has been signaling to me that 2006 would be momentous for as long as I can remember taking the time to notice it. Is it coincidence, then, that I begin Year 33 with such a monumental and life-altering act as this liver donation? I guarantee, I had no idea it would be a life-giving surgery. But I knew it would be something. It is my good fortune that the "something" is so stunningly beautiful.
The only thing to remain, then is to give Year 33 a subtitle, and I've chosen something that feels strong and apropos. Welcome, friends, to Year 33, the Year of the Greatest Gift. Take the title as liberally and widely as your spirit lets you. I do.
In January 2006 I successfully donated half my liver to my brother, Joe. This blog began in November 2005, when I was just a hopeful donor candidate, and continues today as a vehicle for sharing my experience and building community among past, current, and would-be live organ donors and transplant recipients. Thank you for stopping by. All content on this blog, including images and text unless otherwise cited, is copyright (c) 2005-2007, Becky Waller. All rights reserved.
In 2007 I founded the Greatest Gift Foundation, which provides information and support to living organ donors throughout their transplant experience. I'm in Minneapolis, when I'm not traveling the country meeting with transplant teams. Contact us at email@example.com.