First of all, I traveled to Pittsburgh for an aHUS Meetup to speak as the Patient Advocate on Friday night. It was the largest meeting I have gone to yet. There were enough adult patients that we could all sit in a room without families and just talk about our situation. It was my first time doing this and couldn't have been more successful. These people could finally vent without their families and caretakers around. So much pent up emotion. But they are so strong. Some of their struggles were completely overwhelming. I loved this part of the meeting.
I couldn't leave on Saturday because there wasn't a flight that left late enough to get me out and not miss the most important part of the meeting. So on Saturday I had planned to hang out with the aHUS friends at the meeting. But unfortunately many people left, and the others made other plans.:(
Not to worry, I crazily met some amazing people in the lobby having a birthday party for their friend. They invited me to join them and of course, I said yes. One of my favorite things is meeting new people in a new city. There are so many opportunities all around us! If I had been too scared to walk over to this group of people, I would have had such a mediocre and lonely Saturday. But these friends were amazing, and are ones I plan on keeping if I can.
Overall, the trip was fantastic and inspiring. And my new life motto of accepting opportunities when they come has really changed my life for the better. I live a more exciting and fulfilling life, and I meet so many amazing people along the way.
I have been doing quite a bit of modeling lately. I haven't posted the pictures because many of them are still being edited. but this is my latest shoot that came with my application to be a Confidence Ambassador for Adoralee Photography in Norman, OK. It really sounds like it would be a dream come true for me if I got it, since all the duties described are things I already do, like convincing other women they are beautiful and building confidence in others. Also, periodic photoshoots are part of the job, along with traveling to conferences (um..I am an expert at that now :) )
So here is the unveiling of some of the pictures from my new shoot with Adoralee. I hope you like them! This is my "experiencing a transplanted kidney rejection on steroids" shoot. If you look closely, you will notice there are bruises on me. All of these pictures are completely unedited. This is my body with NO photoshop or editing, just the way I like it. :)