Motivation Monday

Life Vest Inside has had the very good fortune of finding writers willing to share their Kindness Stories/Articles with us. One of our special recurring writers is David Jablinowitz, Op-Ed Editor at Jerusalem Post, who is famous for his “bus stories.”

From Kidney Donation to Wedding Celebration

Ten years ago, my world was shaken when my best friend fell gravely ill, in desperate need of a kidney transplant to survive. Doctors painted a bleak picture, giving her slim odds of making it through, and cautioning me about the risks to my own health if I chose to donate one of my kidneys to her.
Despite the daunting statistics and the potential dangers, I made a decision fueled by love and friendship. I would be her donor, offering her a chance at life even if it meant facing uncertainties and risks. The bond between us was unbreakable, and I knew deep down that I had to do everything in my power to help her.
Fast forward to today, a sunny Saturday afternoon, and I find myself filled with anticipation as I prepare to drive to her wedding venue. In just a few short hours, I will stand by her side as her maid of honor, witnessing her marry the love of her life—the man she met at the hospital ten years ago.
It’s a remarkable testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the power of love to triumph over adversity. From the depths of illness and uncertainty emerged a beautiful love story—a love that blossomed amidst hospital walls and endured the tests of time.
As I reflect on the past decade, I am overwhelmed with gratitude for the journey we’ve shared—the highs and lows, the challenges and triumphs. Being her maid of honor is not just an honor; it’s a celebration of the incredible bond we share and the journey we’ve traveled together.
Her wedding day symbolizes not only a union of two hearts but a celebration of life, love, and the profound gift of friendship. And as I watch her exchange vows with the man who stood by her side through it all, I am reminded that kindness, compassion, and selflessness have the power to transform lives and create enduring bonds that last a lifetime.
In the end, my decision to donate a kidney was not just about saving her life—it was about embodying the true essence of friendship and selflessness. And as I witness her radiant smile on her wedding day, I know in my heart that every risk, every sacrifice was worth it, for it paved the way for a love story that will continue to inspire and uplift for years to come.
~ Hailey Brown

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