Her kidney transplants indirectly caused other discomfort. She has a fistula in her right arm that “is now really, really painful. It feels like something is sticking.” The flare-up is recent, she said.
Despite the anguish, Rodeback said she receives great fulfillment as the caregiver for her 83-year-old mother, Irene Rodeback.
“She’s pretty brave. We have the courage and strength to fight it together. She’s never given up," Irene Rodeback said of her daughter, adding that people are always asking how she is.
"You have to live by faith," Rodeback said. "I ask Heavenly Father to help me through the day, especially when it’s a bad day. You’ve got to keep smiling. There’s no quitting.”
Four kidney transplants and related health issues have taught her that prayer is important “because it’s the best help you can get. Always keep in tune.”
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