The kidney walk is this Sunday! Big thanks to my nephew Drake and my sister Denise for collaborating on our team T-shirts. Drake came up with the initial concept -- my kidneys sword fighting (ha!). I then showed the design to Denise, who suggested a famous quote from John Paul Jones: "I have not yet begun to fight."
John Paul Jones was a Scottish sailor and the United State's first well-known naval fighter in the American Revolutionary War. Jones' ship was badly damaged during battle, and a British captain taunted him, asking if Jones had surrendered. Jones responded with "I have not yet begun to fight" -- and he and his crew then fought back and captured the British ship.
The quote is perfect -- it not only complements Drake's drawing but it also shows how I'm feeling about my kidney disease. Don't think that this disease has defeated me. I have not yet begun to fight.
What makes the quote even more relevant is that John Paul Jones died of kidney disease. He had interstitial nephritis. I wonder how much longer he could have lived if he had access to the health care options that I have.
Here is Drake's original drawing:
The front of the T-shirt has a cool "Giffy's Kidneys" logo, also created by Drake, that uses a kidney to spell the G. I'll post pics of the actual T-shirts on Sunday.
Do I have a cool family, or what?