It is a new year! It has been 17 months since I had two life saving liver transplants. Not only did those transplants save my life, they gave me my joy back! I have been very busy, especially the last 6 months.
I entered a modeling competition that was a few months long and ended with a fashion show. I came in 2nd place. It was a great experience, reminded me that I was beautiful but more importantly I was able to meet some amazing girls that I am now blessed to call my friends and many “little sisters” as well. Since then, I have had a few other modeling jobs. While I don’t plan on doing this for a career, it is just a fun hobby, especially for someone who was bed-ridden and sick for 5 years!
I have also taken my passion for photography and started to do it as a side-job. I have done a few photo-shoots for some local boutiques for their winter clothing lines as well as others jobs. It is so fun! I love photography. After almost dying, photography for me really captures the beauty of here and now. Life is so precious, every second, every smile, I think that is what really draws me to it! You can check our my photography on facebook, “Kortni Gehri Photography”!
I also decided to go back to school for nursing, I started school last August. I have two more pre-requisite classes until I can apply for nursing schools. I worked hard last semester and had over 100% in both of my classes and didn’t have to take my finals because of it. I think it will be so great to give back to people who are sick, like I was for so long. I can’t wait to actually be in nursing school!
As far as my health goes, I have been doing very well. My labs are great. They say transplant patients get sick a lot more than others because our immune systems are suppressed but I am happy to say I haven’t had a cold in a year. That is until about 2 days ago when I came down with a cold, which is probably why I finally have the time to write a blog entry! But I’m not complaining, a year without a cold is great! I haven’t been to ER in almost a year either. The only way I know I had a transplant is that I am always scrambling to take my meds on time and I will get the occasional migraine as a side-effect of my medication.
My sister and liver donor, Kelly, is doing great too! I am so blessed to be so healthy and happy.
Here are some of my modeling pictures!
All pictures are by Alexia Wardell Photography and hair and make-up is by Flawless Hair and Make-Up!