Jour 10 – Day 10: Darkest before the Dawn


Thank you for showing interest in my blog.

I felt very uncertain on what to write today but as it is Easter this seems appropriate.  – David


Corona Virus – Life Is Changed

For many around the world, not just in North America, the Corona Virus has changed lives.

But there is hope.

In South Africa, due to a nationwide shutdown the infection rate reduced from 43 % to 4%.

Keep Your Hand to the Plow – I love this story, and I hope you will also.


Everyone’s situation is different right now, but my life has shown over and over not to give up.

It’s been nearly a year, 

It’s been nearly a year since April 24, 2019 when I received my third kidney transplant.  I am 61 year old man, and my previous transplant lasted from 1987 until 2018.

As that kidney failed I naturally became sicker and sicker, I resisted dialysis as long as I could.  As soon as I began dialysis I felt better, but I knew that was the death knell for my transplant.


My health future seemed bleak in September 2018 when I began kidney dialysis (hemodialysis). This is what I posted then. Click here. 

September 2018 was the beginning of a long dark night that lasted until April 24, 2019.

However dawn did arrive. 

My dawn did arrive, but I could not imagine if or when it could in September 2018, I had big obstacles that made a new transplant nearly inconceivable.

My family and my friends made it possible to keep hoping.

In August 2019, after the months of transplant followup, I posted how my life had changed in my blog. Click here.

My long night was over, and dawn came unexpectedly, and now with the Corona Virus we don’t know when dawn is coming, but we know it is.

Keep expecting the dawn my friends, and I will also.


tractor beside grass field

Photo by Nicolas Veithen on

About dfolstad58

I live in the South Okanagan. BC. I enjoy reading, exercise, toastmasters. spending time with my son, my daughter, & her husband , and my patient wife. I try to respond personally to every comment on my blog, and in this way I hope to get to know my readers a little bit and and am able to thank readers for their encouragement on what they liked and suggestions on what they would like to see me try in order to improve.
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47 Responses to Jour 10 – Day 10: Darkest before the Dawn

  1. summerhilllane says:

    Thinking of you and sending love ❤️

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  2. Greg says:

    Hi Dave
    Happy Easter and happy transplant anniversary!


  3. gifted50 says:

    Very inspiring…God has been faithful…Yes the dawn WILL come.
    Have a happy and safe Easter.

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  4. God bless you Sir.
    Inshaallaha dawn will come soon and this world will start to live again with more peace and happiness 💖

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  5. There are many things to be happy about, even in the midst of a pandemic. 🙂


    • dfolstad58 says:

      So true. It’s a choice. I remember the story of a man who was driving his Volkswagen on the Whistler highway in a snowstorm and he had a flat tire. He got out of the car, smiled, and said I’ve never changed a tire in a snowstorm before. That’s the kind of attitude we all need.

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  6. Bob Smith says:

    Great post Dave, may you and yours stay safe

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  7. cindy knoke says:

    Stay safe & well & Happy Easter!


  8. Prajakta says:

    Happy Easter! Your journey is an inspiration and in these uncertain times, the promise of the dawn (and common sense) is what will tide us over.

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    • dfolstad58 says:

      Thank you sincerely for your happy Easter message. Dawn is coming for the whole world and we are all looking forward to it. Happy Easter to you and your family.💐💐💐


  9. Lorrie says:

    Dave, Many Blessings to you for your amazing story. Easter is the celebration of Life overcoming death, and that the Light of the Universe is more powerful than the dark can ever hope to be. Happy Easter to your and your family.

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  10. leggypeggy says:

    Happy Easter. In our family and for various reasons, the 24th of any month is a good day.

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  11. Lael-Heart says:

    You might have been uncertain about what to write today but I am certain what you’ve written has cheered me up and on ❤
    I saw my grands yesterday from afar and at first I was SAD because of all the things we couldn't do together. The feeling passed and I ended up being more grateful than anything else but I knew that I'd have to work really hard to stay in the frame of mind, in the days to come. I was OK with this but you know, it takes work! Would I be able to do the work?
    Reading your words and reading about your past experiences was exactly what I needed. ❤ Thinking about these challenges as a long night is so helpful! I've gotten through many long nights before 🙂

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  12. you have great strength and courage Dave!


  13. Sandra J says:

    Beautiful Dave, your testimony gives me and others the strength to know the sun will rise again. He never left us, we just need to call on Him for strength and He will send us strong soles like you to give us words to place in our hearts. Thank you Dave,

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  14. I know the dawn is coming. I’m just afraid we are going to have a lot of lights at the end of the tunnel that turn out to be freight trains. Stay safe and healthy, my friend; for when the sun finally rises, I’m going to need you there to laugh with me😙

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  15. Keep on keeping on! Positive attitude really does help and you certainly are proof of that. Stay well.


  16. Hi David,
    I am so glad that you are doing well after going through so much. You have so much to celebrate on this 1 year anniversary. I am happy to have you as my blogging friend for many, many years to come. The future will be amazing!
    Be safe and be blessed! ♥♥

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  17. Having followed your blog and your progress, it tickles me to see your posts lately as you are out taking beautiful bike rides and photographs and enjoying your family so much. Very happy for you friend!

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  18. Hi David, you are so strong!
    We all hope that things are going to get better 🤞🏻, but in the meanwhile we can be grateful for what we have. Hope you stay well, safe, and healthy- sending you heaps of love!

    SaaniaSparkle 🧚‍♀️

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    • dfolstad58 says:

      Dear Saania, I enjoy your encouraging messages. I think you are right that being grateful first helps in our attitude and what more do we really control in our lives sometimes. Best wishes for your health and those in your heart. Big hug, sincerely David

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  19. Southern Patches says:

    Dave I love this you and probably know why. It gives me such hope for kidney transplants. I remember thinking when Mark and I were going through this that life would never be the same for us again. It was over!! Very melodramatic I know. But that is how it felt at the time. So I guess that was the darkness and yes dawn did arrive. And yes this feels like a bit of darkness that we are going through now and I have no doubt that dawn will arrive again. You have such a wonderful spirit and the ability to take things as they come. A great lesson we can all learn. I am so happy for the new kidney and wow!! the previous one certainly served you well. I love all of your posts and look forward to them. Thank you for sharing.

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    • dfolstad58 says:

      Thank you Lisa, I was blessed with over 30 years with my transplant from 1987. That is wonderful for me to share with others to give them hope. Also the decades bring with them new knowledge, and techniques so there is a basis for that hope.
      My sincere best to Mark, I know what he has gone through. When these events happen in our lives, we must soldier on and I am confident that he did exactly that and did his best rising to the challenge. Some can’t.
      What an amazing bond you share and understanding.
      While others you meet will get upset over bumps in the road, you will laugh over those bumps as you have new perspective. – hugs, David

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  20. restlessjo says:

    Some people don’t have an easy journey! Many thanks for reaching out to me, and I wish you well for the future. 🙂 🙂

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  21. For being unsure of what to write, you delivered a powerful message, Dave! Excellent, hopeful post!

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  22. lghiggins says:

    Such a hopeful post for Easter. We don’t see the big picture that God sees, but we can know that God loves us. Regardless of our circumstances, He is for us. How blessed you are with transplants and a family and friends who love and care for you.

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  23. Dear David, im going ro share your story with my brother who goes for dialysis thrice a week. His wife and daughters he loves with a passion. She was sick of his sickness. He wouldnt die, he kept coming back from his episodes. She got tired waiting for him to die. Divorced him. He gave her everything. He lives alone and the past eighteen months have been awful as he travelled that passage, me with him. He has reconnected with us, my brother and Mom, found a new great love, which is gardening, a passion we both share. There is light at the end of the tunnels, freight trains too but there is light. Stay strong, stay blessed David. 🌻

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  24. Hi David,
    That is quite a journey. We’ve to keep looking at the silver lining. May the dawn arrive soon enough. As they say, this too shall pass. Stay safe, take care.

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  25. stuartaken says:

    Keep safe and stay well, David.

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