46 Things Grateful Kidneyversary | Keith McArthur

46 Things I’m Grateful for on my Kidneyversary

Tomorrow is my 46th birthday. But today marks an even more important milestone. It was one year ago today that my little sister Stephanie gave me a second chance at life by donating a kidney to me. Once a month, I mark this gift by reflecting on all the wonderful things I have to be grateful for. To mark 46 years of life, and one year of my second chance at life, here are 46 things I’m grateful for today.

  1. I’m grateful I’m healthy.
  2. I’m grateful my new kidney is going strong allowing me to live a normal life.
  3. I’m grateful to my little sister Stephanie for giving me this kidney.
  4. I’m grateful to my sister Fiona, who was also went through the testing, before she learned she wasn’t a match.
  5. I’m grateful for my mom, and the memories of my dad, and that they raised us to take care of each other.
  6. I’m grateful for other friends, relatives and distant acquaintances who also volunteered to donate a kidney if I needed them.
  7. I’m grateful for my wife Laura, my friend and my soulmate. She took on so much when I was sick before the transplant and healing afterwards.
  8. I’m grateful for my son Connor, my sunshine and my teacher
  9. I’m grateful for my son Bryson, my hero and my inspiration.
  10. I’m grateful for our puppy Quincy.
  11. I’m grateful for the other dogs we had when I was growing up: Elfi and Kali.
  12. I’m grateful for the sun.
  13. I’m grateful for sharks.
  14. I’m grateful for coffee.
  15. I’m grateful for burritos.
  16. I’m grateful for council, my far-flung but close-knit group of friends from university.
  17. I’m grateful for the Toronto Blue Jays, and that they’re off to a surprisingly good start this year.
  18. I’m grateful for fantasy baseball.
  19. I’m grateful to you for reading this post.
  20. I’m grateful for my failures, because they teach me how to be better.
  21. I’m grateful for my parents-in-law Jim and Kathy.
  22. I’m grateful for my brothers-in-law Andrew and Jason.
  23. I’m grateful for my nieces Julia, Neva and Meara and my nephew Cameron.
  24. I’m grateful to all the people who have read my book 18 Steps to Own Your Life.
  25. I’m grateful that I went to see Come From Away last night. Such. A Good. Show.
  26. I’m grateful for all the GRIN1 families I have met because our children have the same rare genetic condition.
  27. I’m grateful for pizza.
  28. I’m grateful for Thai Chicken Coconut soup.
  29. I’m grateful for a good steak (even though I’m mostly eating a plant-based diet now).
  30. I’m grateful that the most of the bad stuff in the world isn’t permanent.
  31. I’m grateful that deep down, most people are fundamentally good.
  32. I’m grateful that I live in Canada.
  33. I’m grateful that I have a home that gives me shelter, keeps me cool in the summer and warm in the winter.
  34. I’m grateful that Spring is here and warm weather is on the way (right? please??)
  35. I’m grateful that we live in a world with so much great free content on the internet and podcasts and YouTube.
  36. I’m grateful that I’m alive today.
  37. I’m grateful that I have don’t usually have trouble sleeping at night.
  38. I’m grateful that I can move my body and walk and run.
  39. I’m grateful that I don’t have to worry about violence in my home or when I go outside in my neighborhood.
  40. I’m grateful that my blog and podcast and book have inspired people to live better lives.
  41. I’m grateful for people who leave comments and feedback and ratings on my content.
  42. I’m grateful that even though my son Bryson is mostly non-verbal, once in a while he greets me with “hi dad-dad” through a toothy grin.
  43. I’m grateful that tonight I get to see my son Connor perform tonight in the second round of the NTS drama festival.
  44. I’m grateful for avocados.
  45. I’m grateful that tomorrow is my birthday.
  46. I’m grateful that today is my kidneyversary.

What about you? What are you grateful for today?

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  1. We are grateful for you, Steph and Laura. Everyone did their part to help you get healthy again. Tomorrow we can celebrate another birthday.
    Jim and Kathy

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