Note from Stacey

Denise, Thank you so much for the ski picture. It is adorable! I’ll bet Sophia picked up skiing quickly. That’s great you are able to rent a cabin with friends. I have had a busy weekend. On Saturday, I attended a Youth Climbing League competition in Santa Clara. It was great to see all the kids having fun and visit with the parents. The YCL director, Allison Levy, is having a silent auction fund-raiser for me to help with expenses for the U.S. Transplant Games trip in June. On Sunday, I got sick at the coffee shop…it surprised me, because I have not thrown up for a couple weeks and thought I was over it. The nausea was short-lived, and later I met a friend named Kent to climb at the gym. It was a great climbing day…I worked my way up a 5.11d overhang with four falls. It was the best climbing I have done since the transplant. Later, on a climb next to me, a 3-year-old was crying, stuck and scared 20 feet above the ground. My inner youth coach took over, and I climbed up to comfort her and help her down. She calmed down quickly and made it safely to the ground, much to her relief. Sunday night, my friend Cindy had Dave, Kent and me over for dinner. She made Tandoori chicken, salad, and sauteed apples. We all brought food to add, and it was really enjoyable. It reminded me of old times when we had a tight group of climbing friends. I look forward to hosting a dinner at our apartment. Today, I am working on classes and the newsletter again. They keep me very busy. I am much happier being busy and learning new things these days. Stacey, from Belmont

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