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Fighting for Lovely (+ my HOPE Spotify mix)

I’m now 5 weeks post-transplant. Things are getting better every day.  My new kidney is adorable and working like the energizer bunny, clearing my body of toxins and being all-around awesome. My kidney is, after all, only 24 years old, so I’m practically a ‘youth’ again. At my last transplant clinic visit I graduated to every-other-week visits!


Only one new organ was added to my body, but it seriously feels like I got a whole new body. Everything is so different. Much of that has to do with the medications {they just barge in and jack stuff up all over the place} and some of it is simply what happens to the human body when you have major surgery…. like your eyelashes fall out and your hair gets a new texture. oh goody.

This past week I’ve been struggling with emotional side effects from my medication.

This is me on prednisone. The aggressive, irritable diva porcupine….


Now, please don’t take offense if you’ve spent any time with me this past week! I wouldn’t have let you near me if I didn’t want your company or conversation. You’re safe from my wrath. And if I did snarl at you, I swear –  it’s not you, it’s totally me. It is SO me and these drugs. They’re the worst. and also the best because they are keeping me alive.

To combat this aggressive porcupine thing I’ve got going on, I’ve been immersing myself in prayer and reading scripture because I want to make sure God’s promises to me remain in the forefront of my mind. Promises about who He is and who He says I am. I’ve also had my Spotify HOPE mix on repeat. Trying to let the words soak in deep. Fighting to stay lovely. I hope it helps you too, in whatever you’re struggling with right now.

{click on the little green Spotify button and it will take you to the Spotify register/log in page}


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7 thoughts on “Fighting for Lovely (+ my HOPE Spotify mix)

  1. Beautiful. Listening to your worship playlist and rethinking my very own “porcupine” ways. I am not on prednisone, but many of the things, well let’s just be honest. I am the person you are experiencing. I know God has greater plans for my mouth than just running it with no filter! Praise God for your amazing , brave, lovely walk towards building your testimony!


  2. Ashley, I have lived on and off of prednisone for years (I have lupus). It is not an easy drug to be on . ..but I do believe that our bodies adjust and eventually things seems to even out. I will be praying that God help you to keep your “filtering system” on! I really understand the frustration… I can remember reading the verse 2 Corinthians 10:5 “take captive every thought and make it obedient to Christ” and thinking what a challenge that was when i was on the medication! You will be in my prayers!


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