Life has taught me how adaptable we are to change and how fun change can be. Today marks six years since Noah and I arrived in Auburn, Calif. following our month-long cross-country move from Pennsylvania to California. I couldn’t be happier or prouder of our decision to spread our wings and venture west.
A big move like this may be easy for some, but for a person with multiple health issues, it can be scary and complicated. When Noah and I discussed moving to California, I immediately reached out to my nephrologist. I was seven years post-transplant at the time, and I wanted to make sure I was not making a foolish decision to move far away from my transplant center and incredible team of doctors at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. My nephrologist assured me that my health was stable and it was safe for me to move.
Once I got the green light from my care team, my next step was to find a new doctor in California. I was fortunate to receive a recommendation to an incredible nephrologist, who has taken extraordinary care of me and helped me build my new team of doctors on the west coast.
Another important aspect was health insurance. This was stressful, as I had to make sure that there would be no gap in my health insurance coverage while moving across the U.S. At times while researching and planning all of this prior to our departure, I questioned if I was making the right decision. I did not want to do anything to jeopardize my health. Also, we were leaving behind our entire families and everything we had ever known.
Little did I know our adventure west would be worth the risk and that it would teach me so much about life and myself. I’m very thankful I prepared ahead of time and took the leap.
On our journey, I gained insight into how big the U.S. really is. I saw the vast beauty of the plains in Kansas. I explored the magnificent Grand Teton National Park, saw my first bison in Yosemite National Park, admired Mt. Rushmore, and soaked in the darkest sky and brightest stars in South Dakota. It was a month of discovery, leading to our new home and future together.
In life and with our health, we so often have to react to what happens to us, versus being the proactive one in control. Noah and I were in the driver’s seat of our destiny. We made the change we wanted to see in the world and put it into motion. This voyage was freeing and empowering. We matured and grew individually and as a couple. It is fun to reflect back on this time in our lives because instead of simply thinking it is possible, we now know it is possible. This move was one of the biggest and best decisions we’ve made in our lives. It taught us that we are more capable than we give ourselves credit for.
A doctor once told me, “You were not given this gift of life to live in a bubble.” Rather than having my health issues limit us, Noah and I ventured out of our bubble in Pennsylvania and created a beautiful life together in California.
What is an accomplishment that you are proud of?