Living Kidney Donor

Catching Up... July 2019 Edition

It’s been almost six weeks since my last catch up so I thought it was about time! I already shared my trip to Dallas and San Francisco, so I’m really recapping July at this point. It’s been a fun month but marathon training is picking up so some hard things too!

I spent 4th of July week with my family

I love the Forth of July because it’s the only time of year that my immediate family is all in one place: my mom, dad, little brother, older brother, sister-in-law, two nieces, and even my grandparents! We had a good time just hanging out, playing a little golf, and endlessly passing a ball back and forth with my 3-year-old niece… ha! She loved it. I even had the immense pleasure of sharing a room with her and her older “sister,” their golden retriever Molly, for a night.

Beautycounter launched Countertime

3 years in the making and it’s finally here! Countertime is a new anti-aging (also great for dry skin!) line that uses what we call a “Retinatural Complex” made up of bakuchiol and swiss alpine rose. Bakuchiol is derived from the seeds and leaves of the Asian plant Psoralea corylifolia, and it acts almost identical to retinol — without any of the redness, dryness, peeling, or flaking that's often associated with vitamin A.

There is a great article in the Zoe Report breaking down the line, another in WWD, AND an article in InStyle Magazine. So much good press! Feel free to send me a message at katiebeautycounter@gmail.com with any questions!

Here is a reaction from a fellow consultant:

"It is 100% the best line we've ever made. I adore using it each night - so luxurious, hydrating, and delicious smelling. My skin is so hydrated (no oils or balm required - this takes the place of so many extra products!), even toned and glowing all day! AND, look at how beautiful the glass packaging is! No more plastic + HUGE bottles that will last many months!"

Maddie came to visit

My lovely friend Maddie, who currently lives in Santa Fe, came to visit for the weekend. Sure, she really came to visit her favorite hairdresser but we’ll pretend the pull was me… ;) Just kidding, Maddie. We had one evening here in Denver, which we spent party in downtown Littleton and partly watching a horrible film on Netflix which I did not realize was originally in German and dubbed with English. We about died laughing. On Saturday evening we headed to Colorado Springs to go to Tapateria and, of course, the views. In the morning, we went on a hike that was actually horrendous (solid mile and a half of steep gravely parts we had to slide down… there was some falling) but at least we saw a baby deer?

Marathon training is going well

This weekend I’m going my furthest distance yet: 12 miles! I have to say, I tend to actually enjoy the long runs, but the mid-week runs are always rough. This week I ran 6 miles and I kept stopping to stretch out my legs, my stomach hurt and by the turnaround point my legs just felt so dead. At least I finished? Luckily, I’m focusing on taking this one week at a time and occasionally choosing to do a HIIT workout (or a hike!) in place of a run to keep me from feeling overwhelmed. Any tips from distance runners out there? You can follow along with my training HERE and donate to our fundraising efforts HERE.

Kidney Donor Weekend

This past Saturday, I got to participate in Kidney Donor Athlete weekend, which was a weekend of events geared towards kidney donors. Kidney Donor Athletes is an organization founded by Tracey Hulick. Tracey created KDA because when she was contemplating donation, she had a hard time finding examples of athletes that were able to return to their previous abilities after donation. Now she features athletes on her website and helps both donors and potential donors connect.

Saturday morning, we went on a hike on Mount Falcon Castle Trail. It was a great opportunity to meet some fellow donors in the area and I had a great time talking with a few of the women. There were even people there from other states: Michigan, Maryland and Kansas! That afternoon, we met for pizza and a few more people came that weren’t on the hike so it was nice to see some new faces. They also participated in the Donor Dash on Sunday morning however, I skipped out on that one because I already had quite a long weekend!

I’ve been loving the Bachelorette

When Hannah was announced as the Bachelorette for this season, everyone was incredibly skeptical and many people just didn’t like her. I, however, felt like I related to her so much (minus the pageant queen part… haha) and was really looking forward to her season. Well, she blew me out of the water and I think surprised a lot of people. I think what I’ve admired most about her (other than how she handled Luke on their fantasy suite date…) is how introspective she is about herself and her feelings. She clearly takes the time to work through everything she’s feeling and thinking and then is able to express herself and is honest about it as well. I’m looking forward to the finale!



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Catching Up On Life

Remember that one time? When I said I was going to start blogging again?

Whoops.

However, I can’t be too hard on myself for that one as these past two months have been quite a doozy. I kept thinking of the blog and wanting to write but I just didn’t know what I wanted to say! I figure, instead of coming up with a specific topic, I’d share with you what’s been going on in my life over the past month or so.

1. Let’s start off with the biggest news:

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I only have one kidney now!

That’s right! You probably already know this if you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, but I donated my kidney to someone very special to me. Surgery took place just over four weeks ago on Tuesday, September 25th and we are both doing well.

I went into the process knowing that it would be painful physically but I had no idea what a rollercoaster it would be emotionally.

I’d never had any kind of surgery or stayed in a hospital so, while our transplant center was amazing, it was still a completely new and somewhat overwhelming experience. And then just a few days later, they sent me on my way! I have to admit, it was scary to leave the safety of the hospital.

I also tended to cry at the drop of a hat. Any kind of semi-emotional conversation turned me into a fountain and I couldn’t figure out quite why I was down so much but I soon discovered that post-transplant depression is fairly common (thank you Living Donor Facebook groups!).

A friend of mine described the feeling very eloquently in her comment on one of my Instagram posts:

We learn, in its own way, being a donor can be just as, if not more difficult than a recipient. To lose something, to go in completely healthy and come out less than whole, to undergo more difficult surgery, to be dealing with the pressure of chronic illness without the time to process. You’re not alone. You’re a hero, even when it seems over time everyone forgot what you went through, you are still and will always be a hero.”

BUT I’m doing so much better now and I’m back in Denver and semi-back to work. I think I’m going to have to create a whole blog post about my experience.

2. I spent a month in Kansas City.

Because of surgery recovery, I spent a month living with my parents in Kansas City. Honestly, I thought I’d get tired of it after a couple weeks but that was not the case. I absolutely loved being home and spending all that time with my family and the many amazing friends and family members who came by to visit us. Plus, two of my friends flew in from San Francisco and Santa Fe (both SF?!?) to visit me, which was so much fun.

The best part? I got to watch FOUR CHIEFS GAMES with my mom! We’re pretty big fans…

I know that Colorado is where I’m meant to be right now, but I sure do love KC.

3. I’ll be thirty-one next week!

It’s kind of hard to follow those last two… But I guess my birthday is cool? Honestly, these past few weeks have been so overwhelming that I can’t imagine even more fanfare over my birthday. Can I push it back and celebrate in like January? :)

So many different emotions about moving past the age of thirty and where I am in life right now… Not sure how to even begin with that one. If you have advice on moving into your thirties, especially not being where you thought you’d be by now in life, please share!

4. I’m going to D A L L A S!

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I’ve been to this conference twice before and I almost didn’t go this year. However, I knew two of my amazing friends from Chicago (and coaching) were going to be there. They are the kind of people I can be real with, who get me and who can LIFT ME UP! So I had to sign up to go.

Bonus? I GET TO SEE JULIE!!!! Remember the best wedding I’ve ever been to? That was Julie. She and her husband and their two adorable little boys live in Dallas now and I’m going to see her as well!

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5. I promise I’ll blog more…

What do you want to hear about? Drop it in the comments or send me an email :)