Lorraine from Melbourne shares her excellent Roman adventure:
I want to share with you my experience after starting haemodialysis at Diaverum Diamond Valley in August last year. As well as taking courage to successfully return to my part-time work in a gradual way after a period of depression following my hospital admission I managed with no hitches to undertake a short overseas trip to Rome.
Even though I was extremely ill earlier last year with a long hospital stay, including nearly two weeks in ICU and with no immediate prospect of overseas travel, I decided with much faith to renew my expired passport. Little did I think that I would need it to travel to Rome in February this year!
I went with two friends to participate in a congress and private audience with Pope Francis for the 25th anniversary of an international network of business entrepreneurs, workers, students, researchers united by a vision of the world and the economy oriented to the common good and the integral development of the human person and society.
With the wonderful help of Chris, our Unit Manager, my dialysis sessions were seamlessly organised with Diaverum in Rome and providentially I was not even charged! But there was an even more extraordinary moment of providence when I met Pope Francis personally as a representative of the Zone of Oceania for this network. The photo says it all!
But there was an even more extraordinary moment of providence when I met Pope Francis personally as a representative of the Zone of Oceania for this network. The photo says it all!
It certainly does. Thanks Lorraine, you are an inspiration BigD-ers everywhere.