At times, we take our health for granted, not understanding that they are so many others struggling just to get by another day. We do not appreciate the privilege of been in good health. No one thinks twice on the idea of having (in this story) any problems with their kidneys.  The fact is, there are 26 million Americans with kidney disease and most do not know they have it.

In the US alone, they are 118,000 on a waiting list and more than 96,000 need a kidney. I cannot stress enough the importance of been an organ and tissue donor since this act of LOVE can give them a second chance at life.

Actually, if we just look around I am sure we can find more than one human soul in need of either some tissue such as (skin, bone, heart valves) or an organ (kidney, liver or heart). These donations can dramatically improve the quality of life for recipients, and even save lives.

Around the end of 2002, my daughter was diagnosed with a kidney condition called Membranous glomerulonephritis (MGN) (big words for someone with no medical background) a slowly progressive disease of the kidney affecting mostly patients usually Caucasians between the ages of 30 and 50 years; she was barely nineteen.

Our kidneys are the filters of our system, without their normal functioning our bodies become fragile and vulnerable to swelling (edema) fatigue, foamy urine, and excessive need to urinate at night, weight gain and poor appetite.

After 13 years not knowing from day to day what to expect she has become a candidate for a kidney transplant. Our journey has just begun; I say ours, because I have successfully become a partner in this new venture in my sweet daughter’s life.  God has truly answered our prayers, the agony and fear are finally over and I can proudly say, “I am a MATCH”. I will have the opportunity to give her “LIFE” a second time around.

Just when the Caterpillar thought, the world was over it became a butterfly…



It has been a passion of mine to communicate with people of different cultural backgrounds and exchange similar ideas.  The notion of starting a blog remained in my mind for several years but never found the right way to get going. Finally, my dear friend Eillen Hidalgo who started writing her on blog suggested I should do the same that it would help us not only in the sense of sharing ideas, recipes and so on, but in those sleepless nights  when nothing seem to calm the excruciating pain caused by Fibromyalgia. For those unfamiliar with this medical condition it characterizes by chronic widespread pain and a heightened and painful response to pressure.

Following my friends advise, I decided that it was time to start brain storming and get this show on the road; this is how I am Southern Sweet & Sassy was born.

I hope with time that through this blog, I can reach many of you and together we can learn from each other. “What doesn’t kill us makes us stronger” – Steel Magnolias.