Happy Thanksgiving!

It’s Thanksgiving.  Boy Howdy!  What a couple of months I’ve had.   A whole boat load of things for which to be thankful–four book releases—two by C.C. Hunter, and two by Christie Craig—one kidney transplant, a wedding anniversary, and a birthday.  (Not my kidney transplant, my hubby’s, but and since I’m his spouse, I’m gonna claim it.) And the one I’m proudest of?  Sorry fans, that kidney comes first.

I didn’t talk about my husband’s health issues a lot.  Hubby, who loves to keep everyone laughing, didn’t want his hard times out there.  But after almost five years of dialysis, it had taken its toll.  To anyone who has dealt with a chronic illness of a spouse, or a loved one, you know the heart break, the fears, and the emotional roller coaster.  You alternate between having faith, and preparing yourself for the inevitable.

I offered him my kidney, but as a pre-diabetic, I wasn’t a candidate.  My daughter offered him hers.  He wouldn’t take it.  He said she was too young and she might become diabetic because it ran in my family.  My son couldn’t donate because he has PKD (Polycystic Kidney Disease) like his dad.  His sister couldn’t donate because she has high blood pressure.

The kidney he got was a gift from a donor who had lost his life.  I grieve for the family and loved ones who lost this generous person.  Later on, I will get the chance to write them a letter of thanks, and you can bet I will put my heart and soul into that letter.   I want them to know what this gift has given our family.  And to anyone out there who is debating whether or not to sign up to be a donor, I want to encourage you to do it.  When I no longer need this body, I hope it can offer someone a chance at life.

A lot of people have asked me how I managed to write my humorous tales while we dealt with difficult times.  I have told them that writing isn’t just what I do for a living, writing is my passion, and my salvation.  To put aside my own worries and write a love story that makes me laugh got me through some hard times.  It just goes along with the family motto: if you can laugh at it, you can live with it.  Believe it or not, while we have had some tough times, my family has lived and laughed our way through this last five years. And we laughed our way through this kidney transplant, too.

So this year, I’m very thankful for a lot of things.  Kidneys, releases, life.   I’m also very thankful for my fans.  You guys make it possible for me to do this.

And here’s a contest for my loyal fans.  It’s a review contest.  If you’ve read my latest two books, Divorced, Desperate & Dangerous or Divorced, Desperate & Dead, pop over to Amazon or Barnes & Noble and leave a review.  Send me a link to the review at my email:  Christie@Christie-Craig.com.  In the subject line please put Review Contest.  For every review you send, your name will go into the drawing.   When I reach 25 reviews for each book, I’ll be giving away:

Two $50 gift cards to Amazon or Barnes & Noble

Two $25 gift cards to Amazon or Barnes & Noble

Five $10 cards to either Amazon or Barnes & Noble

A complete set of Shadow Falls books.

7 thoughts on “Happy Thanksgiving!

  1. I wish for you all things wonderful.. I know what it is like to watch the people you love suffer and their is nothing you can do about it, but Hope.. God bless you and sending you many Blessings at this your Thanksgiving… A Gift of Life is the most precious of gifts.. God Bless the family who have your husband life…

  2. Christie…what a joyful post:) I’m sure everyone who reads this leaves with the sense of relief, joy and laughter your whole house must be filled with during this season of thanks 🙂 Wishing you and the family the best year ever! 🙂 Lo

  3. So glad things are looking up for your hubby. The first thing my son done when he got his drivers licence was to make them put on there that he is a doner which is also on mine but as old as I am my parts may be worn out already, but if there is anything they can use they are welcome to it. Hey they might be able to use my eyes if they don’t mind wearing bifocals.

  4. Hope you’re having a great thanksgiving! So glad your husbands doing well! I’m registered as an organ donor. I hope that if something happens to me that I can at least help someone else. I also try to donate blood regularly. My body will replenish it, so why not.

  5. Let me speak from the other side of the doner issue. When my husband passed away I thought his age and health issues would keep him from being useful, but I was wrong. The largest organ in the body is the skin and his went to a burn victim.I had such a heartwarming letter saying this was the first time the man had been without pain and could go out in public for the last five years. Nothing can bring a loved one back, but knowing a piece of them lives on to help others brings a measure of peace.

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