Here we go.

I just wanted to let you all know that tomorrow is the big day.

In the morning my mom and I are going into surgery.

It’s finally here and we are both ready.

I can’t wait to be through with dialysis. Actually, if all goes as planned, tonight was my last treatment. Giant Yay! Sprinkled with cartwheels! Yay. Yay. Yay.

I am sorry that these past several weeks have been boring around here. But, I’m excited just thinking about feeling good again, so it won’t be boring for too much longer.

Thank you all for your concern, for your wonderful emails, for your patience, and your prayers. I really appreciate all of it.

My mom wanted to thank you, too.

From my mom……

P.S. I’ll try to let you know how we are doing through twitter. Big hugs.

UPDATE: The surgery went fantastic. The doctors couldn’t be happier with how we are both doing. My mom’s kidney started working right away which they don’t always do. Sometimes it takes a little while for everything to kick in. It was doing so well that I was also able to have the dialysis catheter removed before I came home. Thank goodness. I couldn’t wait to have that thing taken out. I’m home now recovering and so is my mom. She’s doing great, too. We are just both very sore. You know, when I had my first kidney transplant almost 19 years ago, I stayed in the hospital for almost two weeks. But this time I came home after four days. Just amazing. It’s really good to be home. Anyway, I just wanted to give you a quick update. Thank you all again for leaving such wonderful messages. We’ve both enjoyed reading them and it’s made the last few days even brighter.

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  1. I hope by now you and your mom are out of surgery and that all went well! You’re in my thoughts and prayers! I can’t wait til you’re all better! I choked up a little reading your moms note! Hugs to both of you, and super fast healing! God is awesome! :)

  2. You’re truly an amazingly strong inspiration!! Can’t wait to hear that you’re all better and 100% healthy!! I’m praying for you and thinking healthy and happy thoughts!!!

  3. good luck to both of you – hope it went well!

  4. Wishing you both a great surgery and speedy recovery.

  5. I have been following your story and tears rolled down my face as I read this. My prayers are with you both. I have been with a friend and her newborn for the past 3 months. We have been from town to town when the baby was moved. By the grace of God, she is home and doing great. What an awesome God we serve.
    How blessed you are to have a mother that will stand by you and to donate a kidney in the process. There is no love like the love of a mother and the love of our heavenly father.
    Will be checking back for the praise report that God is going to give you.

  6. Dearest Bakerella, I am a newbie to your blog and love what you do in the baking arena as well as the sharing of your personal testimony as you go through this very difficult time.

    My prayer for you: Dear Lord, please be with Bakerella, her doctors, and her family, including her mother as they undergo this very serious surgery. May Your healing hand be present before, during and after to allow for an easy recovery. May You bless them as they go forward from this day. In Jesus name I pray. Amen

  7. Angie and Sandy,

    Good luck tomorrow! I will think about the two of you throughout my day. I am sure that this is finally coming as a relief to the both of you. I can’t wait til you are able to feel better and return to your daily life as usual. I have missed your regular posts since February. Take time for yourself everyday to cherish each moment! Good luck tomorrow,


  8. My prayers are with you both. I am hoping for a speedy recovery and that both of you are doing wonderful. I have a friend who gave one of her kidneys to her best friends husband. It was an amazing experience!!

  9. And another good luck and lots of prayers from me too! I’ll have to figure out how to use Twitter so I can see how you’re both doing in the next few days.

  10. Praying for you, your mom and the staff at the hospital. The Lord be with you all!!! So happy that you will soon be feeling soon. I appreciate your note, Sandy. I, too, think that using this blog to pass along your love and faith in the Lord…AWESOME!!!!

  11. Wishing you a successful surgery and a speedy recovery – my thoughts are with you!

  12. You two are definitely in my prayers. I know God will help you through this and Im praying for a speedy recovery. I cant wait to see new posts soon. Thank you for all you do. You are such an inspiration!

  13. wishing you both the best and a quick and easy recovery.

  14. Hope it went well!! Hugs and prayers to you both!

  15. Typically, I am a behind the scenes kind of gal. I don’t always like to comment. But I just wanted to stop in and let you know that prayers are on-going for you.

    I believe in the power of prayer and have seen the healing power of God (I was told I may never walk again after complications from giving birth to my first son. After so many prayed for me I not only walked again but went on to give birth to 3 more children!). May God continue to bless you and your mom. May his hands guide the instruments held by the doctors and may the Holy Spirit be all around you during this amazing time. These are the prayers I will continue to offer for you.

  16. What a beautiful message from your mom. Prayers won’t stop from my end. Good luck to both of you. Thank you for being a bright spot to my afternoons and thank you for sharing your warmth and faith with us. I too believe that you can do all things through Christ. xo

  17. Good Luck to the both of you! Bakerella, you truly have an angel here on earth in your mom. My prayers are with the both of you.

  18. Best of luck for tomorrow – will be thinking of you both – we’ll all cartwheel with you when you’re on the mend! xx

  19. Praying for a speedy recovery for you both. Love you much!

  20. All will be well.

  21. Godspeed! We are all pulling for you both and we love you.

  22. Praying for you and your Mom for a quick recovery. How amazing that your Mom was a suitable donor and able to give you such a gift.

  23. Prayers and good thoughts are with you and your Mom, can’t wait to hear that you are both recovering and feeling well!!

  24. Good luck, all your fans will be thinking of you and your mom!

  25. God bless you both really good. heavy sigh, tight lips & eyes closed.

  26. Best of luck and lots of hugs to you and to your mom. I hope all goes well and you both have a speedy recovery!

  27. Yay Angie! We will keep praying. :-)

  28. Thinking of you today, hope you both rest and relax lots in the days to come <3 from Nova Scotia.

  29. Many hugs to you both!

  30. My prayers are with you. I hope you both recover quickly & painlessly.

  31. All the best to both of you!

  32. Loved reading your mom’s note & testimony!! She sounds like a fantastic mom & lady!! Praying for you & your mom today. Hope you both have a smooth & easy recovery.

  33. You and your Mom will be in my prayers. I know all will go well and I hope you are both up and about very quickly. I truly wish everyone in America realized just how important organ donation is. I know when you lose a loved one that is the last thing you want to think about but it is such an amazing gift to someone else. God bless!

  34. What a great day tomorrow will be! Hope you both have a quick recovery.

  35. YAY!!! ((HUGS)) Hope you BOTH have a speedy recovery!

  36. Praying for you both!

  37. My thoughts are with you.
    Wish you and your mom a speedy recovery.
    Big hugs

  38. My prayers are with you and your mom Angie. Wishing you both a speedy recovery!

  39. You have both been in my prayers and will continue to be there. Speedy recovery!


  40. Praying for you. Sending you hugs and virtual cake pops.

  41. My prayers will be with you and your mom. Wishing you the best!!!
    good luck!!!! :)

  42. I will be praying for you and your Mom.

  43. Many good thoughts and prayers to you, your mom and doctors and nurses! Praying for a smooth surgery and speedy recovery, patience and strength! I feel like you’ve given so much to your “fans” I’m glad I can do *something* to help. I know you are safe in God’s big hands. Big hugs to you and your mom.

  44. Thinking of you, Angie. It was great to see you again at BHF in ATL. Big hugs to you and your Mom!

  45. Been praying for the both of you. What an awesome God we serve. May you both heal quickly and may your body except the kidney with no complications.


  46. Prayers for comfort and hope sent from me to you and your family!

  47. Good luck today! Prayers going up for a complete recovery for you and your mom!

  48. So anxious, so happy…..praying for a successful surgery for you both and long and healthy and happy lives together from this day on. Thinking of you both….

  49. Praying for you both and a wonderful outcome!

  50. Praying for your family and your medical team.
    We can do all things through Him
    What a powerful witness you and your online support group are.
    God Bless!

  51. Wishing you both all the best! Good luck.

  52. Rooting for you both!.

    Feel better soon.

  53. Good luck, sweet friend! Many thoughts and prayers are going your way. I hope you recover well and begin to feel better soon!

  54. I will have you and your mom in my prayers!! God’s Blessings!!

  55. In reading your post and your mom’s comments, I am struck by the awareness that God will do whatever He has to reach people, to show His glory, and to spread His love – even using a common (although I’d hardly declare your blog common) blog. Powerful stuff. I pray that God will bless you and your mom with peace and healing so that you can get back to your creative baking and spreading more of the goodness He has sown in you!

  56. All the best to you and your mom!

  57. I’m happy to hear that today is the “big day” you’ve been waiting for. My prayers and thoughts will be with you and your mother. Today happens to be my birthday and I’ll share my birthday wish with you that you and your mother have a speedy recovery. :)

  58. Good luck! I wish you both a speedy recovery.

  59. Wishing you and your mom a very speedy recovery!
    Sending lots of prayers your way, can’t wait to see you back doing what you love!

  60. Blessings upon you, your mom, and your medical teams, and best wishes for your recoveries.

  61. Good luck! Thoughts and prayers from Turkey.

  62. Good luck to you both and I wish you a speedy recovery! You’ll be in my prayers :) To God Be The Glory!

  63. Only one thing to add to your Mom’s letter — Amen! Both of you enjoy a speedy recovery.

  64. You, your mom, and the doctors will be prayed for frequently tomorrow and as you recover.

  65. I’ll be thinking about you and your mom – wishing you both a speedy and safe recovery.


  66. BEST OF LUCK! You’ll have so many people praying for your recovery :)

  67. i’m so glad to see the great news!!

    our best wishes are with you both, and all prayers for you and the doctors for a good surgery, good luck

  68. I know you get so many comments, but I wanted to let you know that I will be praying for you. I just became a fan through 1 Fine Cookie. And I love reading everything you have done on here. I just got your book.My hubs bought it for me last week. I love it. I think you are wonderful and I feel like if you can do what you have done then there is hope for me. My dream is to have my own bakery someday. I am praying for you and your mom for speedy recovery. take care and God Bless!!!

  69. Sending prayers and hugs to you both. What an amazing story and testament to what amazing ladies you are and for your relationship!! Here’s to a speedy recovery for you both! :)

  70. As everyone else is saying, you are in our thoughts and prayers.All the very best to you and your Mom.

  71. Oh my!! I got teary eyed while reading this!! I’m sooo happy for you!! I’ll be praying for both of you, before, during and after surgery!! Hugs and blessings!! May God’s peace fill your heart and strengthen your trust in Him every step of the way!! xoxo!!

  72. All thoughts and prayers to you and your mom! Looking forward hearing very good news about it! Good luck! xoxoxo from africa!

  73. just read this post and said a prayer for you both. God is good.

  74. Good luck to you both <3~

  75. Crossing my fingers that you’ve both got smooth sailing ahead today. How special that your mom gets to give you “life” twice!

  76. Prayers and good wishes from a total stranger! The world is a much smaller place, and it feels good to care for on-line friends we’ve never met.

  77. Praying for you and your mom to both have easy surgeries, wonderful results and speedy recoveries. <3

  78. Best of luck, you will both be in my prayers. I hope you both have a speedy recovery

  79. This is late, but I’ll write it anyway :)
    Good luck to you and your mum! I’m not religious but I’ll wish for a speedy recovery for both of you <3

  80. Praise the Lord in all things!!! I will continue to pray for you both!!! Can’t wait to hear that all is well!!

  81. I hope everything goes well with both of you today. My thoughts are with you and your family!

  82. Whoo Hoo!
    Lots of Love and (((BIG HUGS)))
    To you both

  83. Praise God and praying for you both!

  84. Prayers for you both!

  85. I’ve been lurking for quite some time… and I just wanted to let you know that I am praying and have been. I hope it goes well.

  86. GOOD LUCK!!

  87. Hope it’s going well so far! <3 lotsa hugs and good wishes for you!

  88. Always been too shy to comment, though I’ve followed you for quite awhile :) I just wanted to tell you GOD BLESS & GOOD LUCK to the both of you! My Family and I’s heart & prayers go out to You both and your Family, and know you are in our prayers from here on! I’m excited to see a new posting and new recipe ideas, so here’s to a speedy recovery as well!! Just remember how many of us are cheering you both on with tons of love and support!! :D

  89. Godspeed, and Amen to the end of dialysis! We anxiously await the good news that you are kidney-riffic.

  90. You and your mom are in my prayers!

  91. This post brings sweet tears to my eyes. My prayers are with you, your mom, and your families for a smooth and successful surgery and a healthy, healthy recovery. Much love to you!

  92. Prayers are with you both! What a great gift from your mom! God Bless!

  93. Praying for you both! :)

  94. With God all things ARE possible. My prayers are with you both!

  95. To both of you brave women, you are in our thoughts and prayers. For peace, for wisdom for the doctors, for a quick recovery, and that your bodies will quickly get used to their new organs, or lack of one. Heal quickly!

  96. Wishing you both a speedy recovery!

  97. Sending you lots or prayers and wishes today!

  98. Sending the best wishes for a successful surgery and recovery to you and your mom.

  99. Hello. I have been following your posts, and I am so glad to hear that the big day is finally here. I’m sure everything will go well. I am praying for both of you and hope fully everything will go well. Can’t wait to hear all about it. God Bless.

  100. Lots of prayers and love sent your way!!

  101. All the best for a speedy recovery for you both! You can do it! We are all praying for you.

  102. best of luck to you both! thinking and praying for successful surgeries…..

  103. Thinking and praying for you and the doctors! Sending bunches of well wishes for a quick recovery too!

  104. Prayers are being sent your way for you and your mom! May God bless, I am sure He will take care of you

  105. You and your Mom are in my prayers!

  106. YAY, what great news! I hope everything goes smoothly for your surgery! :)

  107. Good luck and a speedy recovery to you both :-)

  108. Oh, my goodness! I am so excited for you… not the surgery part but the feeling better part. I’ve missed your blog a lot! It’s made me sad that you haven’t been feeling well.

    I am praying for protection and healing for you and your mom and wisdom and skill for your doctors.

    God Bless!

  109. Best of luck for successful operations and quick healing! It’s so wonderful that your mom is able to give you life again! You are truly blessed.

  110. Good luck! sending my good thoughts for you and your mom!

  111. Praying the surgeries go well, or have gone well today!! Here’s to a new beginning of health!

  112. Hi! Just wanted to add my prayer and encouragement to all that you’re already receiving! My uncle had two VERY diseased kidneys, and his sister donated one of hers for him. He has been doing VERY well ever since (it was almost three years ago), and I fully believe that God will do the same for you!

    Also, your mom quoted one of my very favorite verses! I often recite it to myself in Romanian (I learned it on a mission trip there): “Pot totul in Cristos, care ma intareste.” :-)

  113. Praying for you and awesome that your mom can be a donor. May the Lord give you strength!

  114. I am happy for you! You and your mom will stay in my thoughts today!

  115. Best of luck to you and your mom for a successful surgery and a quick recovery! My prayers go out to both of you! Can’t wait until you’re back in baking shape!

  116. My prayers for a speedy recovery for both of you. My Mom gave my brother a kidney when she was 70. They both did great. I have every confidence that you will do great too.

  117. Angie, my Mom had a kidney transplant 14 years ago, and I know how it goes. We are PRAYING for you!

  118. I am praying for you and your mother today!

  119. You both take care! our prayers w/ you!

  120. Hoping and praying all is well with you both the day after surgery. Blessings headed your way, with soft hugs, for a speedy recovery!

  121. My daughter and I know exactly what you and your Mom are feeling today. It was 6 months ago that I donated my kidney to her, and it feels like yesterday, but then it feels like forever ago too. All I can say is… Wonderful! Many blessings to you and your Mom on this journey.

  122. Thinking of you and your Mom today. Take care!

  123. Thinking of you and Sandy and wishing you both a speedy recovery. Thanks for all you do to promote organ, eye and tissue donation.

  124. Best wishes to both of you! Will definitely pray for you and your family. Can’t wait to see you feeling better! Big virtual hugs!

  125. Thank you for sharing the kind & wise words of your mother. You both will be in my thoughts and prayers.

    Those in Texas can access Organ Donation information & education from the Glenda Dawson Donate Life-Texas Registry:
    This education, awareness and registry program was named after State Representative Glenda Dawson in memory of her contributions to organ donations for the State of Texas. She was a former educator my High school teacher and she was also a recipient of a donated kidney from her sister in the late 1980s, passing away in 2006. She was living proof of the miracles that can happen after organ donation.

    Warmest Regards ~sbasmiles

  126. Best wishes for both of you from Germany!!! And big hugs too from Katja

  127. Big Hugs and prayers for a safe surgery and a speedy recovery!

  128. God is good! I’m praying for you and your mother!

  129. Wishing you all the best and a quick recovery from Toronto Canada!

  130. I will be praying for both of you and also for a successful surgery and amazingly quick recovery!!!

  131. PrAyInG!!! Believing for all good things, complete healing for you and your mom, a completely accepted kidney, and happy days ahead!

  132. we will be praying for you and your mother. God bless you both.

  133. Good luck to for you and your mom. All are going to be good!!!!
    Best wishes!!! X.O.X.O.

  134. HURRAHHHHH for you! I’m so excited for you! And hugs to your Mama – why is it that anything Moms write makes me cry? :)

  135. I wish you both lots of good health! Good luck tomorrow!!

  136. Many, many prayers to both of you!

  137. emailing prayers and cupcakes your way!! God is faithful

  138. Thank you for the update, and the precious letter of thanks and Praise from your sweet mom. We love you, and we’re praying for you and your family! You are an inspiration and a light to many, many people. In Jesus’ Name!

  139. HI Angie!
    I’m very happy for you that you can keep moving forward towards recovery! Best wishes to you and your mom. Keeping you both in my prayers :)


  140. Praying for you both today.

  141. All my thoughts and prayers are with you and your mom.. and of course your entire family as well!
    Be strong!

    God Bless

  142. Well, there is my morning cry! Sending many prayers for you and your mother and for God to guide the surgeons’ hands tomorrow. You have been greatly blessed and I know that the blessings will continue to flow. What a wonderful mother you have! Looking forward to seeing the results on the other side of tomorrow ……

  143. Angie,
    Know that you and your mom are in the prayers of many! So happy for you both that this will be behind you soon. May God, the Great Physician, hold you both in His mighty hands, grant you quick healing & keep you safe.
    And I want to echo what your mom said – everyone should consider being an organ donor. My sister-in-law is on the kidney waiting list in NC, due to Polycystic Kidney Disease.

  144. I have recently found your site and absolutely love it! You are so creative and sweet.

    I will be praying that all goes well for you and your mom! :)

  145. So glad the day is finally here! Your strength is staggering and your mother’s faith is inspiring. Lots of prayers and well wishes being sent you way. xoxo

  146. Hope all goes well for both of you!

  147. Millions of prayers for you and your mama!

  148. My prayers are with you and your Mom.

  149. My thoughts and prayers are with you both today.

  150. I wish you both the best on this day. My prayers and energy fly all the way through the Ocean to you and your mom from Spain. Bigs hugs. God bless you.

  151. Prayers and good wishes are with you both. Can’t wait till you are feeling your old self again!

  152. Oh goodness, you are COVERED in prayer :)
    Can’t wait ’til you feel better… isn’t ‘normal’ way underrated?!?
    Sending big ol’ hugs,

  153. Hugs and prayers for you and your mom for a uncomplicated surgery and speedy recovery.

  154. Wish you both a speedy recovery. Hugs and prayers to both of you! God watch over you in this time of need!

  155. Good Luck to you both!! My prayers will be with you!!! So happy it is finally here!! God Bless!!

  156. Prayers are being sent your way for both you and your mom for a godd surgery and sppedy recovery.

  157. Hoping all is going smoothly now that the surgery is over! Prayers to you, your mom and your family.

  158. wishing you both an easy surgery and a painless recovery … god be with you <3

  159. Praying for you and your mom … all the way from Singapore.

  160. Thinking of you guys and your family today, best wishes and virtual warm cookie smells being sent your way!!

  161. God is faithful. Sending prayers for you both.

  162. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your Mom.

  163. Checking your website daily for updates, so glad to know what’s happening today. Praying for you both.

  164. Good Luck! Wishing you BOTH a safe and speedy surgery that goes superbly well! Wish you both to get better soon and I cannot wait to hear back from you.

  165. What an amazing Mom you have! I’ll be praying for a successful surgery and a quick recovery. Blessings to you both.

  166. Wishing the best of luck to you and your mom. And a speedy recovery!

  167. You and your Mom are in my thoughts and prayers…I am looking forward to you feeling better, I miss your creativity and beauty that you enhance our lives with! I hope in the future, I get to meet you…Good Luck…

  168. Lots of prayers coming your way!! Can’t wait to hear how things went and you guys get back on your feet.

  169. Sending you healthy and happy thoughts to you both!!!

  170. happy new kidney!!! will be praying for you both. :)

  171. Continual prayers for strength and healing to you both. Oh how great is a Mother’s Love!!!! May the hands of God continue to rest upon you.

  172. God bless your Mom for doing this. I wish you both success and speedy recovery. My prayers goes out to your both and the medical team. Good luck.

  173. Hi Bakerella God is with you and my prayes for you and you awsome Mother, We love you!!!!

  174. Lots of prayers going out your way! I loved your mom’s verse – cling to it all the time – and know it will carry you through. Can’t wait to hear how well you are both doing and what exciting and smile provoking projects you’ll be “popping” on your blog soon.
    God bless you both. :)

  175. A big Amen to that Sandy, Angie keeping you in prayer today and through your recovery. Excited to hear what God will do through this.

  176. Stay strong. My prayers are with you and your mom today. See you soon.

  177. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your mom. May God Bless.

  178. Speedy recovery to you both.

  179. I’ll be sending good thoughts and wishing for a speedy recovery for both you and your hero mom!!!

  180. Praying for you both. You are such an example of the love of a mother for her child, it warms my heart. All of your adoring fans are pulling for you, Angie, and we pray for your swift recovery.

  181. Yay! Blessings to you both and speedy recoveries!

  182. Good Luck today! I wish you both a speedy recovery!

  183. What a wonderful giver and gift.
    Prayers for you, your mom and the doctors and nurses helping.

  184. Prayers for the both of you! What a wonderful witness you are.

  185. Sending up extra prayers and good thoughts for you and your mom today.

  186. Praying for you both today! Am anxious to hear how everything goes!

  187. From reading your blog, I feel like I know you personally. I wish you and your mother well and I am looking forward to seeing posts of how well your recovery is going!

  188. You have a very loving, wonderful, courageous mom- and we are all so glad that she was a match. Much love & support as well as prayers with you today!

  189. Sending prayers and good thoughts to you and your sweet mom. *hugs*

  190. God bless you and your mom…the doctors and nurses operating too. Godspeed.

  191. I hope all goes well tomorrow, and I wish you both a speedy recovery!

  192. My prayers will go out to both of you and all the people that you will encounter through this. Remember Psalm 28:7 The Lord is my strength and my shield. I trust him with all my heart.

  193. My thoughts are on both of you today. See you back here, soon!

  194. Huge hugs and heartfelt prayers for a safe surgery and healthy recovery for you and your mom both!!

  195. Praying for you still!! Be healed in Jesus’ name!

  196. Wishing you both the best, stay strong xx

  197. keeping you and your Mom, the doctors and all in my prayers. Can’t wait to hear the good news when it’s done :)

  198. Wishing you both all the best and a super speedy recovery.

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