I have only one kidney, but I’m still standing!

Appreciate what you have in life


I was born prematurely. After 6 months I started turning black and blue in my hand, middle, foot and bottom. The doctors realized something was wrong, so they carried out some tests and realized that my right kidney was blocked with cystic mass while my left kidney was nowhere to be found.

At 11 months, the doctors surgically removed the cystic mass from my right kidney because the left one was still nowhere to be found. They told my parents it was a fifty percent chance that I would come out alive, but here I am telling my story today. Prayers kept us going.

Growing up with one kidney means my immune system is not always fully functional, so at any time there was cold and flu going around, I would easily catch it if I wasn’t cautious.

As I got older and went into higher grades, I realized that whenever exams come around I start getting sick so my doctors said I should just take my time and not stress too much.

In the 11th grade I got really ill because it is a crucial year you have to make sure you pass all your exams to get into a good college. Things started getting really stressing  for me and I fell sick. I was out of school for over one month which was bad because it was the most important part of the semester. Some teachers were telling my mom to ask me to repeat the class but I refused.

Eventually, I felt strong enough to go back to school. I had a lot of catching up to do and papers to finish but I took my time. Many people doubted me, thinking I wouldn’t pass all my subjects. The results came out and I passed them all, thanks to God for helping me.

In everything you do, make sure God is in it because without Him we are nothing.

I did one year of sixth form/12th grade before going to the University. Four months into the University, I started getting sick again. One night before one of my sectional exams, I ended up in the hospital. Over the weekend things got really bad that my mom and I decided we need to get a doctor’s opinion. I went to my specialist but he wasn’t there so we went to another one on the plaza who wrote on the envelope ‘EMERGENCY!!!’. He told me that I have Pyelonephritis which is a kidney infection and that I needed to go to the hospital. We immediately went through the Emergency gate and in a couple of hours, I was admitted.

When the doctor finally came into the ward to talk to us, he came with crushing and hurtful news.

He started by saying that the stress of school is what’s making me sick so I needed to stop school and find something more practical to do. He advised that I find something that’s less stressful for me, but which course isn’t stressful at times? He said that if I continued going to the University by the time I finish I will be a vegetable and I won’t be able to use my degree.

Those words crushed my heart and my dreams in an instant. I stayed in the hospital for four days and then I was discharged.

A lot of us get the opportunity to go to school and we waste it. Don’t waste your time following others. Work on your future and be the best you can be. Appreciate what you have in life because there are others out there who are less fortunate than you are.

I went home to recover and started planning on what to do but nothing I tried ever worked out. With God by my side, I knew I will make it through and I will be successful and I will obtain my Degree. Doctors can’t determine my future in my opinion, only God knows best.

I fully recovered by April 2014 and I have been keeping my faith. Working wasn’t in my plan but that’s what I was doing until I resigned from my job December 2015 because I couldn’t put up with certain bosses, their attitude and disrespect for so long.

I am currently seeking and applying for jobs while blogging. I am keeping the faith that my dreams will come true and that God will help me to work things out because he is an awesome God.

I shared this with you today to show you that no matter how many times life hits you down, never give up. Keep pushing to achieve what you want and put God first. No matter how many times you fail, get back up and try again. You might not get the success when you want it but God is always on time. Sometimes we plan things in our lives and it doesn’t work out the way we want it to. Don’t think you’re a failure, just think that there is something bigger in store for you out there.

I encourage you all to be more kind and loving to people and don’t judge them because you never know what they are going through.

Written by Kerona Ledgister

Hi there I am Kerona, I am the blogger behind Ms Sparkle & Glow.

You can also find me on Twitter @msparkleandglow and Instagram at @mssparkleandglow


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  1. This touching.
    I thank God for your life and he will continue to do great things in your life!
    May you stand tall and stay strong in Jesus name.
    The Lord won’t fail you. Amen!

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