Sunday, March 30, 2014

Transplant Diaries w/cameo from my nephew JAYDEN

Everyone has them, what's most important in dealing with what ever demons come your way, is the fight. You can read all about mine here, and maybe this is the finale or just a new start to a new beginning. Final hoorah on pre-TRANSPLANT DIARIES.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QyRRddmQMv8

Just to give you some images of other people who have had this surgery
Below is the link to a girl with LUPUS who blogs about her issues and posts these pictures to better explain the after affects of the surgery.
KIDNEY SCARS

Can't wait to get my life back, Thank you again for all your prayers and well wishes. All other updates will come via instagram @draievans

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

ESPN Article January 22, 2014 letter

Dear... Y'all, :)
The time has come where everything that I thought I always could control showed me, well.... otherwise CLICK HERE: to see "what's next":

...By the way, I am trying my very best to respond/like/show my sincere gratitude to EVERYONE who has reached out to me on any social outlet or email!
But a video blog will follow soon..

Much love and appreciation,
-Dee

-Special Thank you to Hank Kurz for doing such a great job on my story. @hankkurzjr Follow him on twitter.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

My reintroduction and apology.

For the last 3 or 4 months I have picked up my computer to blog and always think,,"tomorrow, for sure" Next thing you know 8 months has flown by. Thank you to everyone who has ever supported me and sorry to those of you who have asked about this blog to no avail, I will be better.

So my apology to you is the video blog below...If I decide to do it again I'll make sure to look better.


video
From Italy, With Love

Thursday, March 22, 2012

MTV or WNBA?

I really thought I would be bored out of my mind during times I wasn't playing basketball and able to write and blog step by step all the time, but things didn't quite turn out that way...and this is a great thing for me but it's been too long since my last entry so....


It's been a month since I arrived here in Vienna and the experience has been no less than amazing thus far...well, for the most part! Between being out six months and joining a team mid-season the transition wasn't exactly easy, but things have fallen into place.  Otherwise, we are winning (haven't lost at all) and along with my other American teammates Kash and Nic, enjoying Austria and the experience.  It is our duty to make sure that no part of Vienna is left untouched..


With that said, I bet you notice I only write about my American teammates, don't get me wrong the other girls on the team (Austrian, German, Hungarian, Slovakian) are great but it's incredible to see how Americans overseas period seek just to be around other Americans, its like we stick together close net without even really knowing each other, a sort of strange bond based on the fact that we speak English! It sounds corny but its the truth.  All over Austria, we know nearly every American playing basketball both male and female and travel just for a good ole american card game of "I Declare War"! So huge shoutout to not just Kash and Nic but to all the amazing new people I have met that have continued to make this experience one I will never forget.


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October 13, 2011.


Dear Real World Applicant-
Congratulations!  We liked your email submission and have decided to offer you a special opportunity to audition in person! WEDNESDAY October 19th 2011 at Newby’s from 11AM – 5:30PM! 


Copied and Pasted above is the email I received from them 3 months after a random online submission.. 6 days later I headed 3.5 hours to Memphis and auditioned for the Real World.  I walked in and there were people in every nook and cranny of this Memphis Restaurant. Remember, the audition lasted from 11AM to 5:30 that day. They said thousands showed up that day.  I remember walking in looking at all these people thinking "what in the world did I get myself into" The types of looks ranged from girls in 6 inch stilettos dressed like Snooki(Jersey Shore-the hit reality TV Show) to girls in fish nets with converse to men in trench coats to men on the "roids". Never seen so much variety in one place at once. A group of oh so random people I guess saw me standing there looking lost in the mess of people and invited me to their table. The guy sitting directly across from me asked "So what role are you playing" I looked confused and responded " I'm just going to be myself, I think I have a story to tell" He laughed and told me "regular people don't make it on this show" I sat there as they continued to talk about everyone who walked through the door on what role they thought these people were trying to play or how crazy each person looked. I could only wonder what was said about me as I skipped them all in line with the pass that was attached in my email.


So this is how it works...you go into a room with 9 other people auditioning and one casting director. You sit at this round table and everyone has a picture of themselves and all the paperwork filled out prior to walking in.  Each person says their name, hands over the paperwork and picture, and has 4 maybe 5 min to say anything interesting about themselves.  The casting director asks one question and that is the end of your interview. At the end of our particular interview our casting director, Shannon was her name said "Thank you all for coming out, we will call you...Dawn and (some other girl, I forgot her name) can you stay back. Shannon told us we had more paperwork and to continue into another room..2 hour long paperwork asking maybe the most saddening questions I have ever seen..


So after 2 LONG hours of writing and reminiscing on all the great in my life and detailing every absolutely bad thing that has EVER happened, with a terrible hand cramp I turned in everything and made my way back home. Only 45 people of the thousands were invited to finish this paperwork and they told us only some of us would be called back that night. "Otherwise, thank you!" I was almost home and Shannon calls. She tells me she wants me in Memphis the very next day for a video interview....


Fast forward.....they loved my story, kidney disease, basketball, crazy relationship with the boyfriend, military upbringing, at the end of my interview Shannon said she loved me to send in another video, wait for a possible phone call, "Otherwise, thank you" But I will never forget what she said to me right before I left "I told my friend who is playing overseas about you, she wonders why you don't just try to play again." She told me I should at least give it a try, create a different ending. Anyway..phone call came, "Congrats your a semifinalist" they wanted a third interview..quick synopsis: I traveled to Knoxville. Shannon wasn't there. A new casting director who wasn't very friendly interviewed me. I didn't really like her reaction. Never heard from them again. But...


I can't help but think like this...so many times I have gotten so close to truly following life in another direction other than basketball. And nothing seems to quite make it there. Nothing else quite worked out until I gave pro basketball a try again like Shannon suggested, and nothing but good has come from that.


We as people ask for guidance or a sign on what is destined for them or not destined for them rather, and then we ignore it. I found myself constantly questioning my purpose out of college. It took me until now to figure it out and opportunities have continued to present themselves. I'm just anxious to see where this takes me. WNBA maybe? ;)

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

"Dream come true"

Its been a while since I've written and so much has happened since then...I want to tell you it all in addition to the all the other things I want to share.....I'll try my best to consolidate!


The week has been insane for me. As soon as I arrived here, the team was ready for me to jump right in and play immediately..well obviously, they are 5 months into the season already.  As a point guard you take on the job of having to know the plays to a tee, the girls and the way they play, time and situation, and just being a coach on the floor. That is a lot to ask of someone who just arrived, but I was up to the task before even arriving here. Besides, I've been a point guard since I started playing basketball, this is what I do!


That's difficult enough in itself, like I said in my "Introduction" post..lets add in your personal life and it FEELS as though no one else in the world is dealing with as many things as you are at once. (Which is most likely furthest from the truth) 


The title of my blog is LOVE&baskidneyball and I have been contemplating how I am going to address the "LOVE" part of my life without exposing so much of what I believe should be something people keep between them and that special person, but that is just my opinion. I'm thinking how do I share what I know without doing that, so I came up with this...


If you haven't already, you will learn that the basketball world both men and women combined is it's own community.  The longer your in it, the smaller it truly grows-from college even into the professional level.  We know each other, relate to each other, become fans of each other, and because of this, we inevitably date one another! Basketball is a grind! The level of competition has only become increasingly better over the years while the players are only becoming more skilled. Sometimes you just can't afford to take 6 months off and expect another opportunity. Some of us can't afford to waste our time so consumed in a relationship that you lose focus in your own dreams. It happens, I've seen it. I did this when I felt like my life fell apart for me. I let a relationship encourage me find good reasoning in the decision I made about not going overseas, and he didn't encourage me otherwise. I often think without that would I have been able to fight that urge to quit off. As time went on I only grew to realize that he was only another REALLY negative factor in my life. Somehow, in the strange way the world works, when I eliminated that-(which was a fight till the end), my fight towards another basketball career begun. So I am extremely gracious for this opportunity because like I said before, it doesn't always work in your favor.  


The thing is, things like this can linger. I'm grateful to have learned from this and to now been only focused on Dawn and what I can do to better me and make MY OWN dreams come true.


So when I got "THAT" random phone call this weekend (like..."so OH now because I'm back on track")..I knew exactly what to do..I had better things to worry about, I could only think....




 ...SUNDAY IS GAMEDAY!! My first game day since we lost to Oklahoma in the first found of the NCAA tournament, by far the worst game of my college senior year by the way when my team needed me most, single elimination, with the world watching..UGH!!!! Anyway...yea BUTT the first game was great! The feeling of GAMEDAY is one universal feeling that I think all athletes understand. Feelings of excitement, anxiousness, concentration, and determination are bouncing around all in the pit of your stomach. Then, the whistle blows, the game starts and its gone and before you know it the game is over and your either celebrating or not depending on the outcome. 


Well...We won by 40 and for my first performance on this team as the starting pt guard, I played well and I look forward to growing with these girls during my stay here in Vienna! It's just the beginning of a "Dream come true"



Wednesday, February 15, 2012

"Hang my sneaks"

It is Day 4 here in Vienna, Austria and I have had an amazing time so far. Now that surprises me with the horror stories I have heard about basketball abroad.  People warned me that it would be cold and lonely and the way the language barrier was described I could only think of being in a Charlie Brown world of "womp womp" like...huh?? 


The cold well....it is really cold but it is absolutely gorgeous during the day, and coming from Clarksville, TN the city life here in Vienna eliminates that. Lonely...Yes, I spend a lot of time alone which in reality is time I spend on Skype but I enjoy most of the "me" time and any other spare moments I'm with Kachine (Kash) and Nicole (Nic) who are the other Americans on the team. I still will introduce you to these two...Love them already!!  And as far as the language barrier I think I enjoy being marveled at like I'm talented for being "foreign", up until they start talking about us....which they make completely obvious unlike after a long month of basketball practice, getting a pedicure and the nail technician is expressing out loud how horrible your feet look in Vietnamese, without ever once looking up.


I love the overseas life, but that's just me...but I think my perspective is different from most...


I originally signed a contract to play in Russia after I went undrafted, which I might add, is one of the most competitive countries to play in for women. But the issues of my health lingered all the way to Russia and I was again being questioned. Although everything was cleared up and my planned trip to Russia was still intact, and the contract was completely signed anyway....I just became fed up! The doubt of so many came down on me like a bag of bricks. I called my agent and said I was done. I told him that my life was destined in a different direction. 


My boyfriend at the time really didn't want me to leave him, but encouraged me to follow my dreams. So  I spent so many days and nights contemplating if I made the right decision. Acting has always been a passion of mine since I moved out to Burbank, California and pursued acting before I even became serious about basketball. One day I figured it out...I must just pack up and move to Atlanta to pursue my career in acting once again, and this way I can be within driving distance from my boyfriend. 


So..I went. I actually booked an independent film, and would you get this..about basketball. This restarted my life as an actress. I worked part time and went to acting classes, working on my script and just improving everything I had learned prior. At this point you would think I finally found the direction in life I was looking for... 6 months passed I had a bad case of basketball-itis. How could I not, I was still working out, being asked to coach, and preparing for a basketball movie, but what option do I have that I haven't eliminated for myself? I felt absolutely lost!! I didn't know what else to do but pray! 


I kid you not, Sunday Feb 5, 2012 I went to my church, and I prayed to God that he show me some sign as to what direction I needed to go... That night I read a text from my agent reading "I have a team in Vienna Austria. Great team and people. Point guard has been there but broke a rib. She will be out for 4-6 weeks. They need a player to come now and take her place while she gets better. It will be a great place for you. Any interest?" I'm thinking this is a great opportunity to get a taste of Professional basketball and give me exactly what I been missing. I replied with a simple "Yes" and Friday Feb 10, 2012 I was on the first flight out to Vienna.  Believe me...this opportunity means the world to me.


Wondering what happened to the film? They understood..but I have a thing for always picking up where I left off. But that will be in some years when I decide to truly "hang my sneaks". 


I advise you all to follow your heart... Dreams are wishes the heart makes, don't be deterred!