By Danny Cavanaugh
Nowadays so many people are caught up in drama, whose popular, who has the most likes on Instagram, our looks, and what people think of us.
But what’s really important in life?
A wise woman once told me (my mother) if you have your health, you have everything.
My Uncle had been struggling with his health for years, which ultimately led to the failing of his kidney.
I couldn’t imagine being on dialysis and having your blood cleaned through a machine 3 times a week for hours each of those days.
Luckily if it wasn’t for this technology, my Uncle would be dead right now.
The first blessing in his endeavor was dialysis which was merely keeping him alive.
Now what? clean your blood 3 times a week and watch the life fade from you as your kidney continues to shut down?
The answer, my father.
How fortunate it was that these two men had matching blood types, and were after all, brothers.
It was a long arduous process which ultimately resulted in a “green light” for a kidney transplant from one brother to the next, forever maintaining a bond of brother hood through blood and flesh.
I could remember my mother stressing out.
What would come of this surgery?
How would they recover?
For some unknown reason, I wasn’t worried.
A doctor with hundreds of kidney transplant procedures.
So, my father and mother flew out to Connecticut where my Uncle resided.
The surgery took place on a cold afternoon at the Yale-New Haven Hospital.
My fathers procedure took only a couple of hours, whereas my uncle’s took twice as long.
Overall, after the months of stress, the hours of surgery, everything was a success and they were on their way to recovery.
It takes a special bond and brother hood to go through what these fine men went through.
My uncle will be able to have a beer again, and when he does.. he says he will “cheers to the medical team, to God, and to his brother for being able to have a beer again.”