Monday, August 6, 2007

Best concert ever!


Well almost,up there in my top 3!We went to see Jimmy Eat World on friday at the new Mesa Arts center. It was an awesome show and that place is really nice.We love Jimmy and they just put on a really great show!Jim Adkins puts his whole heart into entertaining the crowd. And we were on the 8th row so I could feel his sweat every time he banged his head! It was great! Saturday we went out with Vance and Tina to celebrate for the Kidney anniversary. We went to Roys a fancy Hawaiin cuisine restaurant. It was tasty but pricey! Today marks the day 8 years ago I was sliced in half to give my kidney to my big brother. It was not a fun thing but totally worth it. We were talking about after and how I dont remember much but how they have pictures and Im so scared to see them. I totally felt like the bride on sixteen candles all morphined up,scratching my face and licking the air and stuff Im sure it was entertaining. Lindsay always said it was scary to see me like that. That first week was so hard,I was so soar and stiff. Vance did great immediately and then he started rejecting so that was freaking us all out. I seriously felt like dying if I did it for nothing.But he had a blessing and started to get better and better and now its been 8 years. Every year we go to a totally expensive restaurant to celebrate. He has had his up and downs but taking like 12 different pills a day will do that to you!No one ever knows for sure how long a transplanted kidney will last but we will take every year we can get. I have heard of some lasting 14 years. That would be great. Thanks to all those laps we ran in cheer to keep these kidneys healthy(haha)He will most likely get a kidney from one of his 4 kids now. And the surgery is alot easier now,less recovery. Since the surgery they thought they were done having kids but they had two little miracles come along Kinley and Harrison. We are lucky to have them close to us in queen Creek. They are our favorite video rental place because they have every movie you can think of. So I love you Vance lets make it another 8 years!!!!!

13 comments:

Allison Taylor said...

Wow, what a story. Since I don't get to see you, I had no idea you gave your kidney to your brother. As hard as it was, I'm sure you can look back and say it was all worth the price. I became an organ donor when we moved to Philly and I was just discussing with Craig a few nights back, how awesome it feels to be able to donate so that someone else can go on living. What a great feeling!
I would love to see the new Mesa Arts Center. LUCKY!! I'm jealous of your Jimmy tickets. Glad it was a blast!

Brooke said...

We love concerts! That would have been a great one. I still can't believe you did that for your bro. I remember when that all took place, you're awesome!

Caryn said...

That is an amazing story! I had no clue, you really are a trooper for doing that! After all we have seen b/c of Braden anyone who is a donor or is willing to be one if needed is a angel in my book!

Laura Smith said...

WOW! Such a cool story! August 6 is a fantastisc day!!! What a great opportunity to help your brother so cool Leslie! I'm so jealous of the concert I'm sure it was fantastic!

Becky J. said...

Wow eight years! I had heard that you went thru that... let me say now what I thought back then... You are AMAZING! I mean I know he's your brother, but still what a selfless act! Congrats on Eight years, and hears hopeing for at least another Eight!

Linda Merrill said...

I am amazed at this story - how wonderful that you could do that for Vance!

caseyann said...

Lesile! What a wonderful thing you did for your brother. What strength you have!!!! I agree with everyone else that you are amazing! It's great getting to know you better. So glad that you and the kiddos came to Carter's party.

Melissa said...

Happy 8 years. I know you love your bro, you are a great little sister. How yummy to go to Roy's to celebrate! You always go to the best places.
I wish we could have been there to go to the Jimmy concert with you. They do put on a great show. We've been listening to the Angles & Airwaves you suggested. We like hem a lot, Thanks for the tip!

Birchall Family said...

That is so awesome...I knew those laps would come in handy one day. I can still hear Driggs voice ringing in my ears telling me to run harder. AHHHH I am totally impressed with your kidney story! You are an amazing sister. My best friend Christen did the same thing and I remember her recovery was crazy hard. So props to you! Glad to hear your brother is doing great still!
PS I love Roy's, good choice!

Dennis & Jenna said...

Thats amazing!I didn't know you did that. Way to be there for your brother. I just pictured all of us in our MVT leotrads and little shorts running around that dang track!

Joe, Ashley, and Ethan said...

I'm so glad you went to that concert! I wanted to go so bad!

The Farnsworth Family said...

I totally remember you going through surgery. Leslie you are seriously my hero.
BTW I am kinda jealous about Jimmy Eat World. How fun!! I seriously don't remember the last concert we went to. Time for me to get fun I guess. SO glad I am back so I can catch up on your blog.

The Bostock Fam said...

Hi Leslie,

I have not seen you in forever but your fam is so cute. Tell Mark hey. Anyway I have a question for you. My cousing just got diagnosed with liver cancer. Before they can find someone to transplant they have to try and shrink it. but my fam was wondering how do they find out if you can be a donor? You said it was not a very fun process. How long did it take for you to heal and be back on your feet? Thanks. Sorry about all the questions.

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