Posts Tagged ‘National Kidney Foundation’

My Fried Face & The NKF Kidney Walk

Those two things don’t necessarily go together, but I feel like I have to address both topics! First, it has been exactly three days since my glycolic peel and my face still feels awful! I have talked to a number of professionals and the awful feeling is natural apparently, but my face feels horribly sunburned, like I sat in the Mexican sun all day without my handy sunscreen. When I smile, I can feel that tightness in my face (characteristic of a sunburn) and my face is still a bit pinkish (although it is fading — thank God!) To top it off, it feels incredibly scaly to the touch, like at any moment it will all peel off and my new face will be hiding underneath. Due to the superficiality of the peel, however, I don’t think that my face will peel off… I think that it’s just going to slowly flake and the best I can do is moisturize and slather myself in SPF to reduce any chance of ruining my once-nice skin. WHY DID I DO THIS?!! I’m hoping that I’ll be confident about my decision in a couple of days, but as of right now, I am so regretting ever having done this! I have covered my face in petroleum jelly (just as disgusting as it sounds) since that’s the only thing that soothes the chapped feeling (although someone recommended Crisco? Seriously.) Now, although this is semi-sucky, I must tell you guys about a few products that I found that I think will be life savers for me in the coming days/weeks/months:
Bare Minerals New SPF!

Bare Minerals New SPF!

Okay, I am already obsessed with this stuff and I’ve only used it once! My normal Bare Minerals foundation carries an SPF 15, while the concealer has an SPF 20. After the peel, however, I am being particularly careful with my skin (don’t want to risk hyper pigmentation!) and wanted something a little stronger. That’s where this stuff comes in — Bare Minerals SFP 30 Natural Sunscreen ($20) in a POWDER FORM! Brilliance, I tell you. For anyone wondering how to get their sunscreen on without having to use greasy liquid, this is IT! Plus (I know, it gets even better) it comes in three different shades, tinted for your skin: fair, medium or deep. Lovely, lovely!

Cetaphil SPF 15

Cetaphil SPF 15

Alright, not quite as obsessed with this, but happy with it. Cetaphil, notoriously famous for their amazing products for sensitive skin, has this daily moisturizer  ($11) that has an SPF 15 in it! Gotta love it; plus it won’t irritate your skin <3.

I’ll keep you posted on my skin — word of advice — really make sure you discuss with your esthetician the effects of a peel and your skin type before going through with it!

Now, onto the Kidney Walk! As many of you already know, we participated in the National Kidney Foundation’s Kidney Walk in El Dorado Hills! My grandma went through a complimentary kidney health screening and we all enjoyed coffee & breakfast courtesy of Safeway and the NKF! We ended up with a walking team of only 3 (down from 8!) plus my grandma for support, but we did raise $475 for the NKF in memory of my grandpa. Here are a few pics from Paul’s Partners:

Nana, Dad & I with our NKF Banner!

Nana, Dad & I with our NKF Banner!

Walkers Unite!

Walkers Unite!

Nana, Chris & I <3.

Nana, Chris & I <3.

Hope everyone had an awesome weekend!

Signature Stamp - Shannon

Recap of the Week

Man, this week flew by! The fact that it’s Friday already completely blows my mind. This could be due to the fact that I have come to realize that tomorrow is the National Kidney Foundation’s Kidney Walk, which means I have a banner to finish and a few shirts to make before then. For anyone that doesn’t already know, I am captaining a team for our local Kidney Walk and we’ll be walking in memory of my grandfather who recently passed (on March 5) from renal disease. I began supporting the NKF shortly after and started a team called Paul’s Partners. The fact that three months have passed since then flabbergasts me. Where does the time go?! Sometimes I find that I have to look back at all of the things that I have completed this week to actually feel like my week has been productive, regardless of the fact that it feels like our days are shrinking down to 12 or so hours.

In relation to my impending London excursion, I managed a few loan-related tid bits. Got my Student Aid Report and Master Promissory Notes into the LSE for review last week; they should be done this week and I should have some serious funding in my account in the next couple of weeks to pay for tuition and housing — before the exchange rate goes up any more, hopefully! Additionally, I have been researching UK banks that are international student-friendly and thus far have been focused on NatWest, Barclay’s, Lloyds and HSBC. Unfortunately, despite all of the research, I am unable to come to a decision as of yet. If anyone has any knowledge on this subject, input is more than appreciated! For some ungodly reason, obtaining loans, student visas and opening a bank account are completely ridiculous hardships; you’d think they’d want my money.

Also, on a personal level, I just discovered my first glycolic peel at Mellow Me Out Day Spa with Amber. I didn’t really know what to anticipate going in, but for the minute or so that the glycolic acid was on my face, I’m not quite sure if it warranted the $25 extra… still deciding if I’ll do another one. I’ll probably know better in a couple of days when it’s not so fresh (just got it done last night!) Also, I took TWO pairs of shoes in to get repaired since the rubber heel stoppers have fallen off all four shoes. It’s always a travesty when this happens to my favorite shoes and this actually happened to two of my favorite pairs within a few weeks of each other. As you can imagine, I was less than enthused. In any case, this great little shop in Arden Park repairs them in no time and they’re brand new again for about $10 a pair. Not bad. Better than buying a new pair, I say.

As if all of that weren’t enough, I managed to get in three pretty long sweat sessions at the gym in the past four days and have been preparing and planning my sister’s upcoming birthday bash (which she has no idea about, as of yet!) When her birthday rolls around (20th of June), I’ll make sure to keep you all posted on my amazing surprise (you’ll be jealous that you don’t have an anal party planning sister like me <3.) Also, as I’m sure you guys all noticed, I added a brand new feature to my site — The Scholar’s Shoppe, which has a great selection of items that go to benefit various charities and organizations.

Seriously — if you guys haven’t done so already, you should make a list of everything you’ve done during the week. It definitely makes you feel better about the fact that time flies; at least you’re accomplishing things on your to-do list!

Happy Friday!

Signature Stamp - Shannon

Asia Store Jewelry

Loving the earrings? Check em out at The Scholar’s Shoppe. They benefit the Asia Society.

Who Really Needs Two Kidneys Anyway?

organ-donation

After spending yesterday evening at a National Kidney Foundation-sponsored dinner, I had an opportunity hear the story of a kidney recipient who, at 41 years old, had her kidneys fail completely after an infection had spread. Her brother was the one that came to her rescue — a living donor who was tested (to see if he was a match) and donated one of his kidneys to offer her a normal life. A happy, fairytale story in this case.

Fortunately, since most of us have two functioning kidneys, we can legitimately donate one and share our little detox buddies with those in need. 52% of kidneys that are used for transplant patients are from living donors — that’s an amazingly high number! Family and friends make up the majority, but altruistic strangers come into play as well. I have been considering doing a living organ donation at some point (not any time in the super near future). There are various organs that can be donated to help make men, women and even children’slives more normal and fulfilling. Currently, there are about 83,000 people waiting for kidney transplants and around 15,000 waiting for partial liver transplants, with the number of liver transplants expected to soar to around 70,000 by 2010 due to the high rate of Hep C (boo!). The number of people who donate partial livers is still relatively low; the procedure is still pretty rare but adult-to-adult transplants have definitely been successful. Although it would be hard for most of us to voluntarily part with our organs, it’s an awesome thing for the recipients on the waiting list. For the majority of donors and recipients, the donation process is free of complications and, due to modern technology, the risk of rejection is very minimal! If being a living donor seems a tad excessive (understandable), consider putting the pink “donor” sticker on your Driver’s License in case of an accident — after all, those perfectly healthy organs could benefit a person in need!  

Read all about being a living kidney donor or a partial liver donor here! Worth a look :)

Consider participating in a walk for a foundation dedicated to finding donors for those waiting for kidneys, livers and other vital organs. Fundraising is a vital step in helping generate the funds to help those in need and assist with preventative measures in our communities.

If you want to join my team, Paul’s Partners, for the National Kidney Walk taking place in Sacramento on June 13th — sign up here! If you don’t feel like a 5K walk, consider donating to the cause! <3.

Much love,

Paul’s Partners!

nkf

In honor of my amazing grandfather who passed away on the 5th of March after a long battle with kidney disease (and thrice weekly dialysis treatments), I have decided to participate in the National Kidney Foundation’s 5K walk that will be held in Sacramento on June 13, 2009. I have started a team called “Paul’s Partners” and anyone who is interested in walking is more than welcome to join us in raising awareness and money! I have set a goal of $1000 for our team, although I hope we can do much more than that!

Please email me, leave a comment  or register on through our NKF Webpage if you are interested in walking with us to raise money for the Kidney Foundation. If you’re interested in donating in my grandfather’s memory, please visit Paul’s Partners NKF website and click the “Sponsor Me” tab. Any donation, big or small, will be of great helping in allowing us to reach our goals in the next 9 weeks.

In Loving Memory

In Loving Memory

Help Paul’s Partners reach our goal of $1000 before June 13th!

Much love,