New Year…New Outlook …New Day

10 …9 …8 …7 …6 …5 …4 …3 …2 …1 …HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!! This once-a-year 10-second countdown is filled with hope and excitement of what the New Year will bring. Resolutions have been made and we are given a clean slate to make changes in the upcoming year. This new beginning, new outlook is empowering.

I have never made a New Year’s Resolution, but rather have Life Resolutions. I have lived with PKD two-thirds of my life and was on death’s doorstep when everyone was ringing in the new year of 2002. I believe those with PKD have a special light within them that shines brighter than most. My life resolutions that I plan to continue to uphold are: show my gratefulness for each healthy day by living every day with positivity and purpose; strive to be the best person, wife, daughter and friend; continue to volunteer and use my first-hand knowledge to educate and inspire; take the best care of myself and the beautiful gift of life I have been given; never stop setting high goals and reaching for my dreams; surround myself with positive energy; and strive to be the best “possibilitarian” I can be.

While living with a disease such as PKD, I have learned the value of time. Every morning when I open my eyes, I strive to start my day like the 10-second countdown to a new year; filled with hope and excitement of what the new day will bring. For each new day is a new beginning in which we can choose to have a new outlook, one filled with positivity.

I would love to hear and encourage you to share your New Year’s Resolutions and Life Resolutions so we can all learn and be inspired by each other.

Happy New Year!!! Happy New Day!!!



  1. Amy

    Happy New Year Valen and to all!!

    I always enjoy reading your stories and the comments people write!! They are always so inspiring. I am getting ready for my transplant soon. They are finishing up scheduling and it looks like it is happening on the 17th. I want to say thank you for your blogs. They keep me going!! I also want to paid out there a special thank you for my sister for giving me a long a better life for giving me a kidney. A Big Thank you to all those donors out there !! You are all awesome!!

    Happy New year to all!!

    • Valen Keefer

      Hi Amy,
      Happy New Year!!!! I am so over-the-top happy to hear that you will be receiving your transplant this month. Donors are amazing…just can’t put it into words. I am so thankful that your sister is giving you the gift of life. Thank you for your support and kind words. I am grateful that you read my blog and are enjoying it. Please let me know how you are doing after your transplant. I can’t wait to hear how you are feeling! I felt like a brand new person. Sending you lots of positive energy and positive kidney vibes! PKD will not beat us! 🙂

  2. Cathy

    Happy New Year and congratulations to all who are fortunate to be alive to see 2013! I had my transplant 3 1/2 yrs. ago and am thankful for each new day of life. I’m thankful for Valen – your courage to endure and to turn your experience into a positive. Thanks for your blog and inspiration in telling your story. There are so many of us that need to be supported in our fight against PKD. And a special thanks to donors too- my donor is my friend. What a truly miraculous gift she gave me… Life!

    May 2013 be your best year yet!

    Amy…specials thought & prayers to you on the 17th!

    • Valen Keefer

      Hi Cathy,
      I am smiling big after your beautifully written, inspiring and encouraging message for all of us. Your thoughtful words mean so much to me! From one transplant recipient to another, it sure is great to be alive! 🙂 Cheers to our best year yet! A healthy and happy 2013! Thank you for this uplifting message. This ended my day on a fabulous note and for that I thank you! 🙂 Happy New Year!!!!!


    Really changes my perspective on how I treat life… Often I take ordinary things for granted, we all do.. It’s nice to be reminded of blessings, such as health. As always, you are such a positive inspiration to me. Tight hugs!!!

    • Valen Keefer

      Thank you so much Miss Trinity! 🙂


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