This is my sweet friend Shanda and her so so so amazing romantic husband Alex. They have the sweetest love story in the world. Just before they were to be married in just a routine check-up Alex was found to be in kidney failure and immediately went onto dialysis while they waited for a kidney donor. They pushed their wedding plans aside so that they could just meet the demands of just keeping Alex alive. They are fortunate to be a part of a wonderful church who “threw” a wedding for them- a great wedding with all the bells and whistles. They waited and waited and then a donor came forward, a member of their church, and the transplant has appeared to be a great success. They have busted their butts and worked multiple jobs between the two of them and managed to pay off the staggering debt incurred with a transplant. They are kind and thoughtful and happy folks, and tender in their care for each other as one would expect after all they have had to deal with. Yesterday Alex became disoriented and lost his memory and his speech was slurred. He has undergone a ton of tests through the night and all day, and while they have ruled out stroke and blood clot, they still have not narrowed down exactly what is going on. There is a possibility of some kind of a brain infection caused by the immunosuppressants that Alex has to take in order to keep his body from rejecting his kidney.
Shanda and Alex have a strong faith that has brought them through so much already, and they continue to hold steadfast to that. If you are the praying sort, I’d like to ask that you hold Alex and Shanda up to the light in love as we all wait for Alex to be healthy again.