Martha Stewart, Den Mother

My dad and I were both “lucky” enough to have the genetic disorder called Polycystic Kidney Disease. Dad died of this malady in 1997 after spending seven years on dialysis. We had both prayed for a cure for PKD or even some kind of treatment, and several years after Dad’s death our prayers were answered. […]

An Attitude of Gratitude

My sister Sissy and I were speaking on the phone this morning, and she said something about Dad that made me stop and think. She remarked on how grateful he was. That’s right: he was always grateful. He lived his whole life with an attitude of gratitude. He was brought up on a farm during […]


Our dad considered himself a lucky person. Oh yes, he had gone through the Great Depression, and he had fought in the Second World War. He was married to my mother, the unpredictable Mary and later he found and married the sarcastic and difficult Beatrice; ¬†however, he still considered his life a lucky one. He […]

If I Ruled The World

Listening to Tony Bennett sing one of my favorite songs, “If I Ruled The World” reminds me of certain things I would do if I were in charge. First of all, I would rid the world of PKD (polycystic kidney disease) which not only effected my dear dad but also now effects my dear sister […]

Dad Learns He Has PKD

You may be asking yourself: What in the world is PKD? Polycystic Kidney Disease is a genetic disease that causes problems only once the many cysts (present from birth) begin to grow. It usually causes problems in late middle age, and one can have high blood pressure, back pain, and lessening kidney function. It occurs […]