Thursday, June 14, 2012


Today is a happy day. It’s my third birthday. Or at least that’s what I am calling it because it marks the third time I’ve been given the gift of life. Let me explain a little.

I was born in the month of April.

My second birthday … on July 31st is the date of my first kidney transplant. I happily and humbly celebrated this day for almost twenty years. Nearly two decades that I was given because someone else… someone that I never met… made the choice to become an organ donor. It’s a day that I will continue to honor in their memory.

And I’m grateful to celebrate my third birthday for the first time today… June 14th … and it could not be any more special to me. Last year I needed to have another transplant and this time my mom gave me the gift of life… again. A year ago today we were both in surgery. One of my mom’s kidneys was removed and transplanted in me. Her love and complete unselfishness has given me another chance. My mom is amazing and I’m so thankful for her. I hope we celebrate this date for many years to come.


With that, I just want to say or shout – Yay and Happy 3rd Birthday…to me. My mom and I will be celebrating and of course we’ll be eating a big slice of this cake today. That’s what birthdays are for, right.


I love you mom!

And thank you guys too for being here. You and this blog are responsible for some of the best years of my life. I hope this little spot on the internet brings you happiness from time to time. As much happiness as you all have brought me with your kind words and support through it all.

Me and my mom’s kidney

Sue @ Cakeballs, cookies and more said...

happy birthday!!!!! I know that I would do anything for my child, and that is what your mom did, how wonderful!

June 14, 2012 11:25 AM
Emily @ Sweet Bella Roos said...

Very happy 3rd birthday to you! I hope your story inspires others to sign up to be organ donors and potentially give the gift of life to someone in need. Loveee the aqua cake!!

June 14, 2012 11:26 AM
Margaret said...

That is certainly a reason to celebrate!!! Happy BIRTHDAY!!

June 14, 2012 11:26 AM
Sarah Rowden said...

It doesn’t seem like a year already since you were posting about your mom and you! Hope you have a great day! And enjoy the cake!

June 14, 2012 11:28 AM
Happy Cook / Finla said...

Indeed a very good reason to celebrate and to to celebrate the years to come.

June 14, 2012 11:28 AM
Margie said...

Happy third birthday!

June 14, 2012 11:30 AM
Ness said...

Happy 3rd “birth’day. So glad that you have been fortunate enough in life to be granted those! Thank-you for all the fun ideas you bring to share & for the chance at making my own memories from those ideas!!

June 14, 2012 11:35 AM
melva said...

Happy Birthday!! Such a good reason to celebrate. Enjoy your day. God Bless:)

June 14, 2012 11:35 AM
youngmi said...

happy birthday!! it’s clear to everyone who visits your blog that you strive to live life beautifully, with as much joy as possible and try your best to spread that joy. your blog is always a bright and happy place. i wish you a bright and happy day!

June 14, 2012 11:36 AM
Megan said...

I love this story. Happy birthday!! :)

June 14, 2012 11:38 AM
Jennie Posada said...

Happy 3rd Birthday!!!! As a mother myself I understand the need to want to protect your child no matter the cost. I’ve heard before that the have a child of your own is to have your heart walk among strangers. Your mother is truly an amazing person! And from following your blog for some time now I believe you are amazing as well. You and your mother are truly blessed. May God continue to watch over you. Thanks for continuing to share your story and awareness of donating organs.

June 14, 2012 11:41 AM
CateS said...

We’re happy to help you and your mom celebrate!!!

June 14, 2012 11:42 AM
Joy said...

Happy 3rd birthday…thank you for sharing a lovely story.

June 14, 2012 11:43 AM
Katie Y said...

wow, it’s hard to believe it’s been a year since your surgery!! i’m so glad both of you are doing well. have super fun today! that cake looks amazing, btw – what flavor is it?

June 14, 2012 11:44 AM
Debbie said...

So happy that you are doing well! Happy, healthy birthday!

June 14, 2012 11:44 AM
SCSue said...

Happy birthday to you and your kidney! Have a wonderful time celebrating with your mother.

June 14, 2012 11:45 AM
Roxane said...

Wow, you’re amazing!
Such positive vibes! HAPPY BDAY to you and enjoy the fabolous cake!

June 14, 2012 11:47 AM
Kathy C. said...

Yahoo!!! Happy day, happy day!!! THANK YOU for all your wonderful posts and creative goodness and give your mama a hug from all of us too!

June 14, 2012 11:48 AM
Pam said...

Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday Bakerella, Happy Birthday to you! Tthank you for sharing your personal journey with us, you are truly an inspiration! God bless you and your mom. Now, let’s have cake :)
Signed, a two year birthday celebrater and cancer survivor!

June 14, 2012 11:49 AM
Elizabeth said...

I think it’s safe to say that your mom would do ANYTHING for you…I know I would do the same for my kids. Happy birthday to you!!

June 14, 2012 11:50 AM
Sunny said...

Happy birthday! :)
Your blog brings me a lot of joy.

June 14, 2012 11:51 AM
Megan Davey said...

Moms are great!! So glad you and your mom are better!

June 14, 2012 11:53 AM
Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar said...

Such a nice story!! Happy third life birthday!

June 14, 2012 11:57 AM
kathryn said...

Happy Birthday! So happy you get to celebrate this special day! <3

June 14, 2012 11:59 AM
chocolate all the way said...

Happy Kidney Transplant Anniversarry. No, wait, that sounds wrong. Much better the way you said it. Congrats to you and your mom. :)

June 14, 2012 12:04 PM
Tammy said...

Happy Birthday!
Your mom looks exactly the same.
(I met her at one of your book signings)

June 14, 2012 12:18 PM
Vanessa said...

Happy Day my dear bakerella! congrats to you and your beatiful mom, thank you so much for sharing all your desserts, God bless you…regards from Mexico… Feliz día!

June 14, 2012 12:20 PM
Laura said...

Yay indeed!!!! Happy Birthday Bakerella!!! <3 We love you! And your Mom! Moms are the best!

June 14, 2012 12:33 PM
Emanuella said...

a very happy 3rd birthday…we love you much!!! and we love our moms too……….

June 14, 2012 12:38 PM
Brittany said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Hope you have a wonderful day and remember diets don’t count on birthdays and holidays!

June 14, 2012 12:49 PM
morgan said...

happy third birthday! thank you for sharing all these desserts! you are such an inspiration! have a great time celebrating with your mother!

June 14, 2012 12:50 PM
Renny said...

hooray! Happy birthday to you! The world is a little brighter with you and your blog (and your mom!) in it.

June 14, 2012 12:54 PM
Maryanne said...

Happy birthday!! So glad you’re feeling well, and hope today is the best day ever!

And thank you for all the wonderful, and inspiring ideas. This spot on the internet is certainly one of my favorites.

June 14, 2012 12:56 PM
Ana said...

Happy third birthday!!!
Moms are the best allways ;)

June 14, 2012 12:57 PM
Grace said...

Happy B-day! :D!

June 14, 2012 12:59 PM
Mandi said...

You have such a wonderful story Bakerella. Happy third 1st birthday and here’s to many more to come!

June 14, 2012 12:59 PM
Denise McDowell said...

Happy 3rd Birthday to you! :)

June 14, 2012 01:05 PM
Malin from Finland said...

Congratulations! It certainly is a day worth celebrating!

June 14, 2012 01:15 PM
Laura S. said...

This is so sweet!

June 14, 2012 01:21 PM
Jenette Marie said...

GREAT reason to celebrate! Happy 3rd Birthday!!

June 14, 2012 01:32 PM
karina said...

I love your story! happy b-day!

June 14, 2012 01:51 PM
Bamahippie said...

What a great post. Happy birthday!

June 14, 2012 01:52 PM
Tamara Jones said...

Wow, I can’t believe a year has gone by so quickly. Congrats on that successful transplant and that you’re still going strong, you and your mom are absolute inspirations!

June 14, 2012 01:53 PM
Lindsay said...

What a cool story! Happy Birthday! :)

June 14, 2012 01:54 PM
Deidra said...

A young man in our congregation just gave his kidney to his sister last week. They’re both home and doing well, and I’m sure they’re looking forward to next year when they can celebrate their birthday, too!

Happy day!

June 14, 2012 02:13 PM
Nonny said...

A Very big day to celebrate!! Happy Birthday!!

June 14, 2012 02:13 PM
Lina said...

Happy 3rd Birthday!! I’m happy that you and your mom are doing well. I received the gift of life from my sister 5 years ago on 2/27. God Bless!

June 14, 2012 02:18 PM
Marilyn said...

HaPpY BiRtHdAy!!!!!

June 14, 2012 02:23 PM
Maira said...

Happy birthday!!! You´re an example of courage and love!

June 14, 2012 02:26 PM
Trina said...

Happy birthday! I LOVE reading about you and your many adventures. Thank you for sharing your talent, your joy and your hardships with us. We are all praying and rooting for you and your wonderful mom every step of the way. Keep entertaining and inspiring us for a long, long time!!

June 14, 2012 02:28 PM
Kelli said...

Happy 3rd Birthday and what a special one it is! Eat a BIG piece of cake and enjoy it!

June 14, 2012 02:29 PM
JenniG. said...

Happy 3rd birthday, Bakerella! Many, many happy returns. Your blog is soooo much more than a lovely site about delicious treats. I love reading it! I’m thrilled that you and your mom are doing well. You both are beautiful people!

June 14, 2012 02:33 PM
Cathy said...

;D ;D ;D

June 14, 2012 02:33 PM
Anisa said...

Hoera!! ( that’s dutch for hurray) HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! What a special day :)
Enjoy that big! piece of cake and you do have to tell how you made that cake because it looks GORGEOUS!!! xxxxx

June 14, 2012 02:36 PM
Lisa B said...

Happy Birthday!! Beautiful cake. You continue to be an inspiration to all of us.
Thank you!!!

June 14, 2012 02:38 PM
Stoich91 said...

Awww that is the sweetest thing ever! And look at that adorable picture! You both look so happy, and you bring so much happiness into other people’s lives! I can’t even believe a few years ago we lived in a cake-pop-less world and today Cake Pops are everywhere! Plus, great job on the ruffle cake!

June 14, 2012 02:40 PM
Lee said...

Thank you for the year’s of positive happy thoughts. You’ll never know how much joy you’ve brought to your many fans. We revel in your success, and anxiously await news of your new adventures!

June 14, 2012 02:41 PM
Veronika said...

I am very happy for you and very thankful for your blog!! you rock!

June 14, 2012 02:46 PM
JulieD said...

This chokes me up, Angie. Hugs to you and your dear sweet mom! Tell her I say hi and all the best to you. Congrats!!!

June 14, 2012 02:50 PM
Ashley said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! Sending lots of hugs and well wishes your way!

June 14, 2012 02:50 PM
JP said...

So many hugs and well wishes sent your way, happy birthday indeed!

June 14, 2012 02:51 PM
Silvia said...

Omg this made me tear up to know there’s so many good hearted people out there. Happy birthday and thank you for all you do! You’re definitely an angel :)

June 14, 2012 02:52 PM
aida mollenkamp said...

Such a happy moment! congrats!

June 14, 2012 02:53 PM
Anonymous said...

WOW! HAPPY 3RD BIRTHDAY! I’m soo glad you got a second chance at life, you’ve honestly been such an inspiration to me. (:

June 14, 2012 02:54 PM
bridget {bake at 350} said...

Love the picture of you and your mom. Love the gorgeous cake. Love that the world is a sweeter place because of YOU!

June 14, 2012 02:58 PM
Kim Henrichs said...

yaaaaay!! Have a beautiful day :)

June 14, 2012 03:05 PM
Jo Edwards said...

As a Mom who was privileged to give her daughter a kidney six years ago, let me tell you that it was your Mom’s great pleasure to do that for you. There’s nothing more rewarding than to be able to be a part of your child’s healing.
Blessings and long health to both of you.

June 14, 2012 03:06 PM
Ana Anselmo said...

Happy Transplant-versary!!! Eat the WHOLE CAKE!! xoxo!!

June 14, 2012 03:07 PM
Kiper said...

What a wonderful reason to celebrate! And as a donor myself, it’s good to know that there are some folks out there that really appreciate their second (or even third!) blessing :))) Here’s to many, many more sweet years for you!!!

June 14, 2012 03:07 PM
Nicole (MyLoveForCooking) said...

What a beautiful story! I am proud to share this (my biological birthday) with you! All the best to you and your amazing Mother! XOXO

June 14, 2012 03:08 PM
danica said...

happy 3rd birthday to you and your mom’s kidney! enjoy your cake and you time with your mommy!

June 14, 2012 03:08 PM
esther miranda said...

bendiciones, wow! usted es increible!

June 14, 2012 03:08 PM
Veronica Reis said...

Happy 3rd Kidney birthday to you!!! God bless your mother for her gift. My brother too has a transplanted kidney.

June 14, 2012 03:08 PM
Susan Campbell said...

Wow, this story brought tears to my eyes. Happy 3rd Birthday!!!

June 14, 2012 03:09 PM
Amisha said...

Happy Birthday! Hope you have an amazing day w/ your mom!!

June 14, 2012 03:11 PM
Alejandra said...

Yay! Congratulations!!! Hope you have an amazing birthday! also we share one, I was born on July 31st… :D

June 14, 2012 03:11 PM
Brittany @GreyGrey Designs said...

You are an inspiration! My little one has PKD and he will likely need a transplant one day, so seeing that you do so well with yours give me hope!

June 14, 2012 03:11 PM
Gosia said...

Happy Birthday from Poland! :)

June 14, 2012 03:12 PM
Cheryl W. said...

A very happy third birthday to you!!!! Have a joyous celebration with your mom.

June 14, 2012 03:13 PM
April Ockerman said...

Happy birthday and what a joyous thing to celebrate!!

June 14, 2012 03:13 PM
Margaret said...

Happy happy birthday! I am so glad you are alive. You make the world a better place.

June 14, 2012 03:14 PM
Fernanda said...

Happy 3rd! and many many many more!!!!

June 14, 2012 03:15 PM
Shirley said...

Happy 3rd Birthday! So glad we could all celebrate with you! And I love the color of the cake! I made a pink princess ruffle cake for my daughter’s 7th birthday…they are just so elegant!

June 14, 2012 03:15 PM
Riley said...

Happy happy birthday! I get so excited when I get to read about your sweet adventures in the kitchen every week!

That ribbon cake is gorgeous!! I wish I had those piping skills…

June 14, 2012 03:16 PM
Stephanie said...

Happy kidneyversary! Wishing you and your kidney many many many lovely years together.
Stephanie – double lung transplant recipient in 2001 & 2003.

June 14, 2012 03:16 PM
Stacie Gorkow @SincerelyStacie said...

So glad you are here to celebrate and share all your wonderful talents with those of us who aren’t so talented in that area! Have a BIG piece of that cake!

June 14, 2012 03:17 PM
Dena Hamlin said...

Proof Positive that there is NOTHING like a Mother’s Love!

June 14, 2012 03:21 PM
Marsha said...

Happy 3rd Birthday! May you have many years to celebrate with your Mom. :)

June 14, 2012 03:25 PM
Olivia J. said...

such a sweet story! and i loooove the cake!

June 14, 2012 03:27 PM
April said...

Happy Happy Birthday to you! and your beautiful new kidney ;-)
I personally am very grateful for your health! Many many more!! xoxo

June 14, 2012 03:28 PM
Anne Marie E. said...

Awesome that is great! My mom is also a recipient of a kidney donor! She will be celebrating 28 years this coming November 1! :)

June 14, 2012 03:29 PM
iheartguts said...

so glad that kidney is still giving! go, mom!

June 14, 2012 03:30 PM
Taylor said...

Happy Birthday! And LOVE the cake :)

June 14, 2012 03:30 PM
Tricia said...

Truely unbelievable! Happy birthday to you!!

June 14, 2012 03:31 PM
Cecilia said...

Happy birthday number three! A friend of mine is going to be having a kidney transplant this coming fall, his mom is the donor. I’ll hopefully be making some of your kidney cake pops to help out the cause!

June 14, 2012 03:34 PM
Jackie said...

Happy Birthday indeed!!! LOVING your cake too!

June 14, 2012 03:35 PM
linda payne said...

Congrads! So glad you are doing well!

June 14, 2012 03:35 PM
Jess :) said...

Happiest of birthdays to you. You and your mom are truly inspirations to all of us readers.

June 14, 2012 03:37 PM
Annabella said...

Happy Birthday Bakerella!! I agree with Silvia, you are indeed an angel!! Isn’t the internet amazing, bringing people together, sharing our stories-inspiring and giving strength to each other even when we are in different parts of the world.
Greetings and much love from Cyprus in the meditterranean sea. I’ve been following your blog daily for two months now and wish you all the best for you and your mom.

June 14, 2012 03:41 PM
Heather said...

My best friend Jen just celebrated the 4 year Transplantiversary of her THIRD kidney transplant on Tuesday this week!

A big celebration of life for the both of you!! May your blessings continue.

June 14, 2012 03:41 PM
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