Henita's First Blog April 28 2014, 0 Comments
My name is Henita Schiff. First of all, I want to thank each and every one of you for taking the time to read my blog. Here you will find words of strength, purpose, inspiration, and truth. I am not a nurse, a doctor, or a social worker; I am a survivor. I’ve battled with renal failure and disease and have had 2 kidney transplants within 20 years. But, more than that, I am an individual with a deep desire to reach out to others, to be a voice, to be a shoulder to lean on, provide a word of encouragement; I have been there.
Being a kidney patient can be a lonely road; I know. Some of us are blessed enough to have supportive families, and some of us walk this path by ourselves. Regardless of your situation, surrounded by a loving community or facing this completely on your own, dealing with kidney disease is difficult for everyone. Believe me, I understand the challenges of the journey, and I am here to listen, to answer questions, to be a sounding board for your thoughts and ideas. I can even give my insight on what questions to ask as you move through the process. Knowing someone is there for moral support every step of the way is my way of giving back.
As you can see, I have an innate conviction to make a positive contribution. Because of my experience and dedication to this issue, I have recently been appointed to the Governor’s Committee for Kidney Disease in the State of Maryland. I am excited for my future with this committee and vow to keep you posted on the advancements and even take your ideas to the table.
Each and every one of us, I believe, is put on earth for a reason. That is the reason I ask you, “What can I do?” I truly believe in the “Empower Yourself” philosophy, and it starts here. So, whether you are a family member, friend, acquaintance, or someone going through kidney disease issues yourself, I am here for YOU. Let me know how you feel, your experience, and how I may be of help. Together we can do A LOT!
I’ve gotten the conversation started and will continue to post right here. Please feel free to comment to keep the exchange going. You never know who you may be helping!
Count Your Blessings!
p.s. I want to thank my sister Rhea, for making the suggestion and encouraging me to tell my story to help others.