The cover has been revealed and the book is available for pre-order on Amazon.com beginning August 12. A Kite on the Wind will tug at your heart–a grieving widower, a schoolteacher with a heart, and a set of feisty twins. Set in Newport, Oregon like the first in the series, An Anchor On Her Heart, readers will once again experience the wind, surf, and sand of a coastal town.
Now an element of the story:
Polycystic kidney disease is a genetic disorder that affects people in all walks of life. Many carry the gene for years and then, sometime between their thirties and forties, the disease begins to manifest itself. The kidney forms cysts which grow within the organ, taking up space the kidney needs to function.
When the kidney loses its ability to filter the wastes the body produces, the person becomes ill. As the degree of illness progresses, so does the need for intervention by dialysis.
Hemodialysis cleans the kidneys by a machine outside the body that filters out the toxins. Peritoneal dialysis uses the lining of the abdomen to act as a filter. A catheter is inserted into the tissue and dialysate is pumped into the body. It is a mixture of water, minerals, and sucrose that filters the blood. After a few hours the liquid is drained.
Neither method makes the person feel well. The kidney is continuing to expand in size, taking up space needed for other bodily functions. The only cure at that point is transplant. During surgery a donor kidney is implanted. The old one is often left, withering away from disuse. Some, though, are removed because of their size—one story I read reported the organ had grown to eighteen pounds.
In my upcoming release of A Kite on the Wind I discovered the suffering polycystic kidney disease can inflict on its victim and chose to explore options, through story, for a cure for one of the characters. My research took me to the PKD website where those living with the disorder, some as young as three, could share their journeys. I was amazed at the stories told by both young and old of their lives affected by PKD. I also was privileged to interview a man who had lived with the disease and had been given a kidney by another, changing his life forever.
As is the case in any organ replacement, finding a matching donor is of utmost importance. If my story moves a reader to donate, the effort to write the novel will be all the more worthwhile.
Until next time.