It’s a little hard to take a blogger seriously when he’s staring at you from every post with sticks of celery coming out his nose. And yet, Michael Podolny has some great entries on his recent living kidney donation that most definitely deserve to be taken seriously! As far as I can see, he started sharing his personal journey with living donation on his blog, “De-Intimidator,” back on April 26 with this post, written 18 days before he gave his kidney to his sister. Today, the transplant-related entries are subsiding as he heals, and his focus is returning to his original topics — food, travel, family — with a few posts ongoing about how he feels post transplant.
Between then, there are some absolute gems about his feelings and experience. My favorite post is undoubtedly this one, a beautiful stream of post-transplant thoughts in which he compares his kidney donation to the Buddhist experience of Tapasya, a purification of the self through a sort of spiritual fire. He writes,
“Now it became clear what the meaning of this experience was. I had been given the opportunity to, of my own free will, make a sacrifice, a sacrifice of myself. And by making that sacrifice and because of my previous spiritual efforts, I was rewarded with the gift of Tapasya and had been able to remove the things that had been eating at me for decades. And on top of all this, this wave of Tapasya seems to have cleansed and healed the issues among my siblings and parent that have extended for decades as well.”
My sincere appreciation goes to Michael for sharing his experience and thoughts on the Web for the rest of us to enjoy and learn from. I’ll be adding a link to his blog in the left-hand column this weekend.