I had no idea. This was posted today in her blog.
Hi guys. I guess youve probably noticed my absence from the website recently. Well, Ive finally felt good enough to post something. So here goes. Ive been in the hospital for the last twelve days and Im still not sure when I will get out. Hopefully soon. Hopefully. Im definitely ready.
Unfortunately, I was pretty sick when I arrived. I started out with an infection that made its way into my transplanted kidney and then into my bloodstream. Not good. Not fun.
But what makes matters much more difficult is that for more than a year now, my transplanted kidney has not been doing its best. I chose not to tell anyone because I wanted to focus on being positive, but Ive slowly had to come to terms that my kidney, the wonderful gift of life given to me more than eighteen years ago will not be with me forever. Actually, something I never really expected to happen. But I was so young when I received it and it has done so superbly over the years, I never had a reason to question its lifespan. Ive learned recently however, that 18 years is fantastic for a transplanted kidney and even better since mine was from a deceased donor. I cant tell you how hard it is to accept that I will have to let this kidney go. Feelings of letting my deceased donor down fill my heart with sadness.
But it is happening. And faster than I anticipated. Before getting sick two weeks ago, I had begun the process to be re-evaluated for another kidney transplant and to be added to the transplant waiting list. In the meantime, my mom is being tested to be a possible donor. I had thought I would have time to do all of this and hopefully have surgery and not skip a beat with my job or with this website that I enjoy sharing with you so much.
No such luck. Since Ive been here, Ive started dialysis to take some stress off my distressed kidney while it tries to heal. The hope is that I would be on dialysis for a short while, giving my transplanted kidney time to recuperate. Then, go off dialysis and try to squeak a few more months out before surgery is needed.
The alternative, though which is just as possible is that 1) Ill be on dialysis until my mom is confirmed as a donor or 2) My mom is not a potential donor and then I would stay on dialysis while I wait on the list for a kidney to become available.
So thats whats been going on. Thats the reason for the lack of cake pops and cupcakes and cute. I just wanted to let you know something and thank everyone for their wonderful and inspiring get well wishes. You guys are a huge bright spot in my life. You have no idea how much.
Thanks for posting this Dora- I loooove Bakerella's blog and was wondering what had happened to her.
Wishing her all the best and sending all my love and hugs
This made me cry
I read it this morning to.
I look forward to her blog it always makes me smile.
My thoughts and prayers are with her.
Sending Hugs and Best wishes for a speedy recovery
That is sad news as everyone knows how difficult it is to live with kidney disease and waiting for another donor.I wondered where she was as she always posts something or new pics of cakepops etc...Sure hope she is fine soon!!My thoughts and prayers are with Angela and her family.
I was wondering too. Wishing her a speedy match and recovery!!!
My thoughts and prayers is also with her and her family.
Makes me glad that I am an organ donor. Hugs and prayers to Bakerella and her family.
Just throwing this out there... can anyone be tested as a donor? If her mom is not a match maybe we can start a thread and see how to go about being tested to determine a possible match. I have no idea how much is entailed, I am an organ donor but this is a donation that can be made before death too. Just a thought .. I will keep her and her family in my prayers.
Will be praying for her!
How very sad .. and yes, anyone can be tested as a donor .. get in touch through her website and see what needs to be done .. my sister was a kidney donor to a co worker and his insurance covered every step ...
I tried to post a comment on her site, but it's only through Facebook and I'm not a Facebook person. If there is some way someone out there either has a way of contacting her, I'd like to wish her luck and a speedy wellness. I thought she was on a book tour as it wasn't like her to not post new pics on her site. That was very kind of her to share her personal struggles and for that I wish we could let her know how many of us are wishing her well.
So, if someone out there has a way to contact her personally, I wish her strength with recovery.
Vicky in Michigan
Thank you for posting that. Such a sad story, I hope she can get well soon.
Today i was at the doctors and was diagnosed with an ectopic heartbeat, possibly not serious but i have to go for further tests. I've had a rough couple of years healthwise, so when i got out of the surgery i felt very sorry for myself and had a good cry. I've felt miserable for the rest of the day - then i read Bakerella's post...So upbeat, positive, matter of fact and in so much worse position than me. I'm ashamed of my self pity and vow to adopt Angela's positive outlook to life. I wish her all the best and pray for her speedy recovery xxx
My thoughts and prayers are with her and her family. I wish and pray she recovers fast and fully.
Emmar~wishing you strength and wellness yourself! Stay positive. Nothing you can do so you might as well enjoy life. Self pity will only tear you down.
Best of luck to you as well.
My best vibes go out to Bakerella, as well, and my hopes that whatever turns out to be the optimum treatment for her kidney disease will be available right when she needs it. What a shame that someone who has brought us all so much joy has to go through so much.
Bakerella is one of my very favorite blogs and I was extremely excited to meet her in person at her book signing in Atlanta last year. She is just as wonderful in person as she comes across in her blog. She has inspired thousands of fans and every single one of us wishes her a quick match and speedy recovery!
My thoughts and prayers are with her, I hope everything goes well for her
Sending my thoughts and prayers.
Its heartbreaking. Such a lovely person. So upbeat and giving. My heart and prayers go out to her.
It would be nice if we could get an address to send all of our get well wishes to her. I am sure that would really perk her up. Maybe she would she how much she has inspired and how much she is cared about. Does anyone know how she could be reached to send a card?
Sending her best wishes and prayers for a healty, but speedy recovery. Stay in prayer.
This made me cry
Praying for a speedy recovery.
Still praying for her...
Here is her most recent post. I believe it will answer a couple of questions I have seen on this thread.
Thursday, March 17, 2011
I cant believe Im writing another post without a single picture in it, but I wanted to take a moment to tell you how completely overwhelmed Ive been reading all your prayers and beautiful words of encouragement. Its taken me a few days but I have read them all all 4,400+ of them. Wow!!! Ive smiled and cried and felt so lucky to have this blog that connects us all. Thank you.
While reading, I was moved by so many of you that share similar stories. And even more overwhelmed by offers to be tested to see if you could be a kidney donor for me. That is so amazing. I dont even know how to process it yet. Asking that of anyone is something that does not come naturally to me. Its very difficult to even accept that gift from my mom if she turns out to be able to donate. And hopefully she will. But your offers are so special and kind and generous of heart that I had to make sure you all knew that I did read them and whether or not I could ask that of anyone, I wanted you all to know how honored I am.
There were an overwhelming number of comments from people that know someone with kidney failure or on dialysis or with a transplant or even their second or third transplant. Too, too many. My love goes out to all of you and your family and friends as well. Its a tough thing.
March is National Kidney Month and I believe April is National Donate Life Month. With everything going on with me lately, I find it hard not to mention that. Please take a minute to think about organ donation. So many people are on waiting lists and will be for a long time.
Okay, the good news is I came home from the hospital Tuesday night after 18 days. Finally. Yay! Ill be on a different journey for a while, but one that Ive been on before. Dialysis. I wont go into all the details, but basically I will get four-hour treatments, three days a week. Kind of a bummer. But hopefully it wont be for too long.
I also wanted to let you know that I still plan on posting as I go through everything. I want to keep things as close to normal as possible. It may not be on a schedule, but it will be when I can. And of course cute.
P.S. I want to say hi to all the first time commenters. Hi there! Big hugs. Im so happy to hear from all of you.
And now Im off to read 18 days of emails that I wasnt able to check while I was in the hospital. Help.
P.S.S. Happy St. Patricks Day!
Have not personally met you, though I have been a member of Cake Central for quite some time, but wanted you to know that you have my prayers for a speedy recovery. Wishing you well, along with your family members. Take care, and hang in there.
My best wishes to Bakerella for a speedy recovery! You'll be in our prayers, God bless!
If you would like to send her a card or a treat, I have her address. I got it from "I Am Baker" who is recovering from just having a baby. I do not know if it is appropriate to post it here for the world to see. But if you would like to send her a card, PM me and I will send you her address. Or if there is a better idea, let me know to get the word around faster. The idea was to send her some treats by April 30th but I'm sure whenever she gets it would be great!