Since it’s still National Kidney Month I thought I’d introduce you to another parent who is busy being awesome while living life with a bum kidney (or 2).
What makes this particular blogger so awesome is that not only is this our first kidney-disease-having parent ifriend, but he is also a HE!
That’s right peeps, give a big, dumb round of applause to our very first DAD blogger.
Plus he’s a writer. Like a real one. With a BOOK.
So check him out. Say hi. And, tell him Dumb Mom sent you.
Barack Levin was born in 1970 in Tel Aviv, Israel and moved to Pittsburgh in 1996 to pursue his Master’s degree. Shortly after his arrival he met a beautiful French woman, Michelle, and fell in love. A year later, during a routine physical, he learned he had an irreversible and life-threatening kidney disease. He was 26 years old – the doctor doubted that he would see 30. But, despite this news, he refused to give up his dream of marrying Michelle and raising a multi-national family in the U.S.
Knowing he was living on borrowed time, and despite everyone he knew telling him he was crazy, he decided to become a stay/work-at-home dad and shoulder most of the responsibility of caring for his son for his first year of life (and, potentially, the last twelve months of his). “I wanted to offer him proper guidance, using some very unconventional methods, through the first steps of his journey to becoming a fantastic kid and a great man journey I feared I might not be around to witness much of,” says Levin.
Thirteen years later, Barack is alive and living in Atlanta, with Michelle and their two children. He is the author of the book The Diaper Chronicles– A stay at home dad’s quest for raising great kids, based on his experience’s, available through his website at http://www.baracklevin.com.