May 23, 2007

the Great Midwestern Kidney Swap is a GO!

we received unbelievable news today - Patrick is in fact a match. he and Dea will transplant at Mayo on the 18th of June.

we'll fly into Minneapolis, or Chicago, on the 12th. we're both stunned, and of course relived. i feel so much lighter today. Patrick and Dea are both very mellow, pensive maybe, but anxious to get things started. this is a huge deal - a future for Dea, and an astonishingly selfless act by Patrick. how do you begin to say thanks for such an act of friendship?

so, i'm not the donor, neither is my dad. we had hoped it would be me, i had hoped it would be me. but, Patrick has enabled us to move on. Dea is getting what she needs - everything else pales.

so what is my role in all of this? i guess to talk about it. make photos. be there for her every minute, and move forward.

there has been, coincidentally, a lot of talk this week in the blogoworld about the need for a blog. what purpose does it serve? is it necessary, and if so for whom? the reader or the writer? i don't know for sure, but i do know that the tract of this space will change a bit for the next couple of months.


Pod said...

great news! you must be chuffed!

Shawn Gust said...

Awh Ben!

That is amazing news...I wish the best for you and your family in this time. I will be thinking of you

Jessie Jane said...


I really truly can't begin to express how happy I am for you two!

ben huff said...

thanks guys. we are, in act, *chuffed*

Justin said...


Wishing you and Dea the best, I know your happiness is probably un-repressible.

Thanks for the great comment on FTM I am full of anticipation to see how your life changes, and how that is reflected on the blog. I have a feeling the music will sound sweeter, and the air will be that much fresher. Good Luck!

Armando said...

Wonderful news, Ben!

Anonymous said...

Ben, I'm so happy for you and Dea! All kinds of good thoughts going your way in the weeks and months ahead!

Anonymous said...

That is fantastic news! let me know if you'll be in Chicago..I'm crossing my fingers for you both :)

ben huff said...

thanks for the support everyone - from Dea as well.

tonight she said to me "your *virtual* friends are really nice"

Shelly Lowenkopf said...

As one who is back on the playing field after a bout with the Big C, I particularly enjoy the joyous subtext you exude of having an increased awareness for what things mean, this to augment your fine eye for memorable details.

It's good to see the lens opening, Ben.

nicole said...

I so happy for you both. Wonderful news.

michael said...


It's so fantastic to hear this wonderful news.

I am so happy for you and Dea. I wish you all the luck in the world.


ben huff said...

thanks everyone. we'll keep you all posted..

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