I am alive today because I had advance warning about kidney disease. When I was eleven years old, I was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes.

One in eight people you know in Virginia have signs of kidney disease ranging from the earliest stages to the very advanced. Unfortunately, many didn't know they had a problem until it had advanced too for.

A lot of those are still in service a lot longer than we expected they would be.

If our income, grade-point average, or social prestige increases, we feel an initial surge of pleasure. We then adapt to this new level of achievement, come to see it as normal, and require something even better to give us another surge of happiness.

In 2004, with many hurricanes in Florida, I think we weren't quite prepared for the volume of calls we received, especially from customers in need of temporary call center facilities.