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On March 5, I traveled to South Bend, Indiana, for a live television interview on The Harvest Show to launch my memoir, A Gift of Love. My literary agent, Susan Brower, drove to South Bend and met me at the airport, and we had a wonderful time visiting together. I had never traveled to South Bend, and I didn’t realize we were staying right by Notre Dame. Sue and I took a windshield tour of the campus, enjoying the beautiful architecture, along with the piles of snow.

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Sue and I had dinner at Legends, a restaurant located on the Notre Dame campus. Above is a photo of Sue posing outside of the restaurant.

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The restaurant was decorated with Fighting Irish sports memorabilia, and the food was delicious. Sue and I shared a delectable piece of carrot cake as a special treat for dessert. Above is a photo of me with examples of the memorabilia in the background.

On Thursday, March 6, Sue and I had breakfast in the hotel and then took a shuffle to the Harvest Show studio. I was nervous, but I felt at ease when I met the friendly members of the Harvest Show staff. My interview was scheduled for 9:17, and I waited on the set until my time came to join the host and hostess. I quickly felt comfortable and enjoyed discussing my book with them.

Here is a link to my interview.

After the interview, Sue and I traveled back to the hotel, and we packed up our things. Sue took me to the airport, and I started my journey home to Charlotte. I hope to have the opportunity to travel back to South Bend sometime soon.

Amy Clipston is the best-selling author of the Kauffman Amish Bakery series. Her novels have hit multiple best-seller lists including CBD, CBA, and ECPA. In addition to her passion for writing, Amy is incredibly passionate about blood and organ donation. Her memoir, A Gift of Love, which details her journey as a kidney donor, released in March 2014. She and her family live in North Carolina and are so grateful for their health and time together as a family. 

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I became a blood donor when I was sixteen. I remember my mother coming home with “Be nice to me, I gave blood today” stickers on her shirt. She donated blood for the boy who lived next door to us. His name was Jimmy, and he was diagnosed with leukemia when he was little. Tragically, Jimmy passed away in 1977, when he was only ten years old. I began to give blood in memory of him as soon as I was old enough to donate. I’m also registered to donate bone marrow in memory of Jimmy, and I hope someday I can help someone like him by giving my bone marrow.

I am a member of the blood drive committee at where I work, and I run blood drives at my church. My desire to promote blood donation goes beyond my memories of Jimmy; it’s also because my husband, Joe, has received two kidney transplants. In fact, I donated a kidney through a swap to help him receive his second transplant. On June 14, 2011, I donated a kidney to a woman, who was a stranger, and in exchange, her husband gave a kidney to Joe. We met the other couple after our transplants, and we’re now close friends.

Kidney disease has been a black cloud over our lives since Joe was first diagnosed in 2000. He spent a year on dialysis before receiving his first kidney transplant from his brother in 2004. Unfortunately, his first transplanted kidney only lasted four years, and Joe went back on dialysis in July 2008. Since he had rejected a kidney, his body had built up antibodies, making him difficult to match. My donating a kidney was his best chance of receiving one from a matching donor.

Joe’s illness was difficult for our sons, who are 13 and 8. There were days when Joe was too ill to spend time with them. Aside from the emotional toll of Joe’s illness, we also suffered from financial worries. Since Joe was only well enough to work part-time, I carried the financial burden by working full-time and also writing novels.

Donating a kidney was rewarding for me. Not only did I save Joe’s life and my recipient’s life, but it made an impact on our children. Once the surgery was over, the most exhilarating moment for me was when I spoke to my younger son on the phone, and without any prompting he said, “Mommy, I’m proud of you.”

While Joe was on dialysis and awaiting his second transplant, he was very ill, and he received six units of blood within six months. After his transfusions, I was inspired to share our story. I contacted a member of the blood drive committee at my job and asked if I could compose an email to share with all employees to recruit more people for the bi-monthly blood drives. Not only did I send out the email, but I also joined the blood drive committee.

Blood donation is one of my passions, along with organ donation. I’ve experience first-hand how blood donation can save a life, and I’m determined to encourage others to donate blood. I’m also sharing our kidney transplant journey in my memoir, A Gift of Love, which will be available in March 2014.

By advocating for blood and organ donation, I feel I’m illustrating one of my favorite scripture verses, Matthew 5:16–“Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in Heaven.

Did you know:

  • The primary users of blood products are:  Cancer, Cardiac and transplant patients
  • Cancer patients may use up to 16 units platelets each week
  • Heart transplant patients may use 2-4 units of red blood cells
  • Automobile accident victims may use 4-40 units red blood cells
  • 37% percent of the population is able to give blood, but only 6% do!
  • One pint of whole blood can help save as many as 3 lives
  • There is NO substitute for life-saving blood; it cannot be manufactured or recreated
  • Donating blood takes 30-45 minutes and saves at least 3 patients lives

Amy Clipston is the best-selling author of the Kauffman Amish Bakery series. Her novels have hit multiple best-seller lists including CBD, CBA, and ECPA. In addition to her passion for writing, Amy is incredibly passionate about blood and organ donation. Her memoir, A Gift of Love, which details her journey as a kidney donor, will release in March 2014. She and her family live in North Carolina and are so grateful for their health and time together as a family. 

Today is a special day! It’s my Kidney-Versary?  What’s a kidney-versary, you ask? I’ll share the story.

After a leap of faith, I became a kidney donor. It wasn’t something I planned on or sought out, but it was a path I was clearly being led to. Part of my inspiration was a very special scripture verse, Matthew 5:16: In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. On June 14, 2011, I donated a kidney to a stranger in order to help my husband receive a second kidney transplant.

Kidney disease has been a black cloud over our lives since my husband Joe was diagnosed in 2000. He spent a year on dialysis before receiving his first kidney transplant from his brother in 2004. Unfortunately, that transplant only lasted four years, and Joe went back on dialysis in July 2008.

Joe’s illness was difficult for our boys, who are 12 and 8. There were days when Joe was too ill to spend time with them. We couldn’t plan vacations, since coordinating dialysis out of town is complicated, and as Joe would say, it wouldn’t be fun for him to be sick in the hotel room.  In addition to the emotional toll of Joe’s illness, we also suffered from financial worries. Since Joe was only well enough to work part-time, I carried the financial burden by working full-time and also writing Christian fiction.

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We knew it would be difficult to find a match for him since he had already rejected one kidney. It became clear that his best chance was for me to donate one of my kidneys, allowing him to receive a similar donation from a close relative or friend of someone else on the transplant list.

Watching my husband suffer with an illness was heartbreaking, and I sobbed the day I found out I couldn’t be his donor. I’m honored and humbled that I could help a family who had suffered like ours, and I never thought twice about my decision, despite negative comments I often heard.

My kidney recipient, who was a stranger before the surgery, is now my dear friend. I met her for the first time a few days after the transplant, and it was one of the most emotional experiences in my life. We hugged and thanked each other. When she received my kidney and when Joe received her husband’s kidney, both new kidneys began working immediately.

Before June 14, 2011, I had never undergone a serious surgery, and I was nervous. However, I knew in my heart that I was meant to be a donor for Joe. Many people were counting on me — my kidney recipient, Joe, and my children, who missed seeing their daddy healthy.

The most exhilarating moment for me was when I spoke to my younger son on the phone after the surgery, and without any prompting he said, “Mommy, I’m proud of you.” Now that Joe is well, I notice that my boys smile more, which warms my heart.

I’m so very thankful I was called to donate a kidney. It’s not often that you have the ability to save two lives–my husband and my kidney’s recipient are both still with their families.

Happy 2-year Kidney-versary (anniversary) to my hubby, my recipient and Joe’s donor. It’s our special day. Thanks for celebrating with us.

Amy Clipston is the best-selling author of the Kauffman Amish Bakery series.Her novels have hit multiple best-seller lists including CBD, CBA, and ECPA. Her new novel, A Hopeful Heart, released June 2013. Her memoir, A Gift of Love, will release in February 2014 and will share her journey toward kidney donation. In addition to her passion for writing, Amy is incredibly passionate about blood and organ donation. She and her family live in North Carolina and are so grateful for their health and time together as a family. 

Last week my husband, Joe, and I traveled to Grand Rapids, Michigan, to visit my publisher (Zondervan) and also do a photo and video shoot for my upcoming memoir, A Gift of Love, which will be out in February 2014.  The memoir details my husband’s fight with kidney disease and our participation in a “kidney swap.” On June 14, 2011, I donated a kidney to a stranger, and, in return, her husband donated a kidney to Joe.

Kidney disease has been a dark cloud over our lives since Joe was diagnosed in 2000. Joe spent a year on dialysis before receiving his first kidney transplant from his brother in 2004. Unfortunately, his first transplanted kidney only lasted four years, and Joe went back on dialysis in July 2008. Since he rejected a kidney, his body built up antibodies, making him difficult to match. My donating a kidney was his best chance of receiving one from a matching donor.

Becoming a kidney donor was a natural choice for me. Watching my husband suffer with an illness was heartbreaking, and I sobbed the day I found out I wasn’t a good match for him. The disease was also difficult for my sons, who are 12 and 8. There were days when Joe was too ill to spend time with them.

I’m honored that I could donate a kidney and help a family who had suffered like ours. After surgery, the most exhilarating moment was when my then 6-year-old called, and without any prompting, said, “Mommy, I’m proud of you.”

I’m excited about the memoir, and I pray our story inspires folks to donate blood or possibly even get tested for someone who needs a transplant. I pray our story gives hope to folks who are suffering with chronic illnesses or those caregivers in their lives.

On Saturday my family and I are participating in the National Kidney Foundation Walk as Team Clipston. I’m so thankful Joe is healthy and can be at my side while we walk to raise awareness and money for the Kidney Foundation.

Below are a few photos that were snapped with my iPhone during our memoir photo shoot. Enjoy!

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Amy Clipston is the best-selling author of the Kauffman Amish Bakery series.Her novels have hit multiple best-seller lists including CBD, CBA, and ECPA. Her upcoming release, A Hopeful Heart, is set to release in June 2013. In addition to her passion for writing, Amy is incredibly passionate about blood and organ donation. She and her family live in North Carolina and are so grateful for their health and time together as a family.