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Thankful Series: Paige Trischler

This is part of a special series for the month of November, where we share with you what some of us in the PKD community are thankful for this year.


Paige at band camp with her friend Kathleen

“Each day I am thankful for
Nights that turned into mornings
Friends turned into family
Dreams that turned into reality
And likes that turned into loves…”

Those four lines sum up my motto on life. I am thankful that nights turn into mornings because if I did something wrong the previous day, I have a chance to make it right. I don’t let one bad thing ruin something as beautiful as a new day. Each day, you should live your life to the fullest and be thankful for what you have.

I am thankful for the group of friends I have. My friends have been there for me ever since my diagnosis. My friends are my ‘chosen’ family. I chose them because they keep me strong when I think I cannot be strong. Family isn’t always blood. It can also be people that you get along with almost all the time. Yes, you will have your disagreements, but that is what happens in families.


Paige with her friends in bandfront at a playoffs game

I am thankful for the activities I participate in at school. This is my first year as a member of the bandfront at my school. When I started band, I wasn’t sure what I got myself into. When band practices started, it was hot outside. The temperature was in the 90s. Our practices started at the beginning of July. We practiced 4-6 hours a day.  When we started drills and the dances to the music, though, I instantly loved it. When band camp started, it was fun, but then the homesickness started setting in. When members of the band found out that I was homesick, they all helped me through the week. Despite being homesick, I loved being at camp with all my friends. The week turned out to be one of my best memories of this school year thus far. I am thankful for the memories and friendships I made during band season!


Paige and her dad after a Friday night game

The truth about dreams is they don’t always come true, but when they do it it’s the best feeling in the world—I know this from experience. I’ve been trying to make the honor roll on my report card for quite some time, and I finally achieved my goal and made the grades. I was very proud of myself when I saw what I accomplished. I’ve been working at this for a long time, and it is what I am most thankful for this season!

I do not allow PKD to define who I am. However, I am thankful for my struggle, because without it I wouldn’t stumble across my strengths.



  1. Judy Elrick says:

    Omg……well put Paige. I to am very proud of you and what you have over come. You inspire me!!! I will always be here for you anytime day or night. Love you and keep up the good work.

    1. Paige Trischler says:

      Thank you! I know you are always there for me!

  2. Judy says:

    Omg……well put Paige. I to am very proud of you and what you have over come. You inspire me!!! I will always be here for you anytime day or night. Love you and keep up the good work.

  3. Dwight Odland says:

    Paige, with an attitude like you have, you are going to be able to handle all that this life will throw at you. Bravo! There are blessings to be found in everything, and sometimes the good brings bad along with it, but it’s how you react that matters.
    I feel the same way you do that friends are”chosen family.” What an excellent way to view it. You have a huge PKD “chosen family” out here too, who are rooting for you.

    1. Paige Trischler says:

      Thank you

  4. Kristee Adams says:

    Paige, me and everyone in the Pittsburgh Chapter are very thankful that we have you!

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