October 16, 2019 – Hanging out with Beth from Make-A-Wish

Guys, can I tell you how awesome Beth is? We met Beth on August 9, 2018. She’s the director of Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area. In fact, she’s the one that introduced my cookbook.

Today my mom and I decided to meet with Beth. Since today’s PSAT schedule, I have the entire morning open to myself. 

Beth is retiring. Woohoo! I am so excited for her next step. I understand she’s a little uneasy, but I believe in her. She pondered over it and made her final decision, and I support her. 

We met at Oakland. More specifically, at a coffeehouse called Modern Coffee. There are apparently 3 Modern Coffees in Oakland. My mom dropped me off at the wrong Modern Coffee (which I gave her directions her to), and I had to walk 15 minutes to get to the other Modern Coffee. My mom already met Beth by the time I arrived.

We talked a lot about my future. About my college, I’d want someplace in a city. Not in California. Beth told me education is extremely important. I have to get a college degree. About my job, you’d think I’d know what job I could do. But advocacy doesn’t pay the bills. Beth said I could always work at Make-A-Wish. In fact one of her coworkers was a wish child. 

I said I would be going to the conference in Phoenix. The national Make-A-Wish conference is  held in Phoenix, Arizona (where their national headquarters are), and this year yours truly was invited to speak. Beth said to have fun, and I for sure will!

We talked about Beth. Of course I can’t write it down and share it with you (it’s her personal stuff), but she did recommend to my mom for her to shelter foster children.  I mean since I’m going to go to college, my mom might have some time. She can fill that empty hole with foster children.


I had to get back. Thankfully there was that PSAT schedule, and there was *shrug* no use in taking it. I had to go back to math class. My classmate saw I posted a picture of Beth and I on social media and asked me how was it. I said “good.”

October 29, 2019 – Maybe I’ll Start Running

Hi, so this isn’t really a heart transplant thing, but I thought I might share this because it’s fun. Today I met my mom’s running group.

My mom told me that it was important to come because I might join the group. I’m not jumping up and down to start running. I know I was at the beginning of my heart transplant, but I don’t feel the need anymore. I’m already exercising really well.

I’ve never really had a positive connotation towards running. I’ve only ran the miles in PE (while my heart was damaged), and that was a HORRIBLE experience.

But anyways I met them, and as they went around sharing their stories I began to change my mind. Even though I’m not part of their group, I wanted to speak up and say I might be joining them.

The coach seems to really like me. My mom has been communicating with her about my journey, and she said my transition was amazing. 

I hope they have a 5k or 10k training, because I don’t know if I can handle a half-marathon training. 

October 31, 2019 – Online Meeting

Today I had an online meeting with Megan and Simone. In case you don’t know, Megan is my fellow heart transplant recipient at the other school high school in Pleasanton. Simone from the American Heart Association is in charge of youth programs along the East Bay.

I had already arranged for a meeting with my vice-principal on November 5. I’ll finally be meeting Simone in person for the first time! Simone will be talking to vice-principal Norrington about the American Heart Challenge while I’ll just be there.

I was a couple of minutes late and didn’t realize that my sound was muted, not Zoom wasn’t working, but other than that it was fine. Megan had a lot of great questions about the American Heart Challenge, and it was so great to learn about it. Honestly, I don’t know much about it either, so it was much of a learning experience for me as it was for Megan.

I also asked Simone some questions I had. Yesterday my doctor told me that the American Heart Association would have a national conference in Philadelphia (and it’s super big! Bigger than the Make-A-Wish national conference) and that sounds awesome. She asked me to email Kelly, so I did that.