20th Wedding Anniversary Gifts

20th Wedding Anniversary Gifts

A Suffolk couple are celebrating their 20th wedding anniversary with a most unusual gift. Scott Chafian gave his wife Cindy a kidney. About Sentara An unusual 20th wedding anniversary gift January 25, 2017 By: Dale Gauding General Health, Medical Services, Patient Experience, Quality and Patient Safety Scott and Cindy Chafian of Suffolk, Virginia, celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary in a most unusual way. They were both in Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, recovering from Scott’s donation of a kidney to Cindy, which took place the day before their anniversary. Cindy suffers from polycystic kidney disease, a hereditary condition which also ruined her mother’s kidneys and her grandfather’s. Cindy has been on dialysis for two years, exhausted most of the time and frustrated at the limits it placed on her quality of life. “If I got dinner on the table for my family, that was a good day,” Cindy says, “but that was the only thing that was going to happen.” Scott could see how waiting for a kidney donor was affecting Cindy and decided to be tested for compatibility as a living donor. To their surprise, he was a match. “We literally get to open a new chapter in our life together, fresh and cleanly on our 20th anniversary,” Scott says, “and there’s something symbolic in that.” Scott learned a lot about living kidney donation during his journey. “Technology is opening windows of compatibility that weren’t available when we were younger,” he says. “I would tell anyone who is thinking about living donation to get tested. You might be a match for someone.” Beyond immediate friends and loved ones, Scott learned living donors can join donation ‘rings’ in which a donor gives a kidney to the first compatible recipient, anywhere, which allows the donor’s intended recipient to receive the first kidney available from someone else. “God bless the families who offer the kidneys of deceased donors,” says John Colonna, M.D., Sentara Transplant Specialists. “But living donors help patients get off the waiting list, and off dialysis, a lot sooner.” Also, Dr. Colonna adds that living donor kidneys last twice as long, on average, than those of deceased donors once they’re implanted. There are 106,000 patients waiting for donated kidneys across the U.S. and there are 22,000 kidney transplants performed each year. The program at Sentara Norfolk General hospital performs about 60 kidney transplants per year and has done 11 so far this month alone. The program also performs pancreas transplants and has done one of those since the beginning of 2017. Cindy Chafian is looking forward to a new life off kidney dialysis. “My husband will get his wife back and my children will get their mother back,” Cindy says. “It’s huge.”
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20th Wedding Anniversary Gifts

Traditional names exist for all of them: for instance, 50 years of marriage is called a “golden wedding anniversary” or simply a “golden anniversary”; 25 is called a “silver wedding anniversary” or “silver anniversary”. Sixty years is a “diamond wedding anniversary” or “diamond anniversary”. Traditionally in the United States, the first year anniversary is called a “Paper Anniversary”.
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20th Wedding Anniversary Gifts

The names of some anniversaries provide guidance for appropriate or traditional gifts for the spouses to give each other; if there is a party these can be brought by the guests or influence the theme or decoration. These gifts vary in different countries, but some years have well-established connections now common to most nations: 5th Wood, 10th Tin, 15th Crystal, 20th China, 25th Silver, 30th Pearl, 40th Ruby, 50th Gold, 60th Diamond, 70th Platinum. In English speaking countries the first, wooden, gift was cut on the day of celebration and then presented to the wife as a finished article before the next two quarter days had passed. The tradition may have originated in medieval Germany where, if a married couple lived to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their wedding, the wife was presented by her friends and neighbors with a silver wreath to congratulate them for the good fortune that had prolonged the lives of the couple. Over time the number of symbols expanded and the German tradition came to assign gifts that had direct connections with each stage of married life. The symbols have changed over time. For example, in the United Kingdom, diamond was a well known symbol for the 75th anniversary, but this changed to the now more common 60th anniversary after the Diamond Anniversary of Queen Victoria. The current monarch Queen Elizabeth II’s 60th year on the throne was widely marked as her Diamond Jubilee and commemorated in 2012.
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20th Wedding Anniversary Gifts

About Sentara An unusual 20th wedding anniversary gift January 25, 2017 By: Dale Gauding General Health, Medical Services, Patient Experience, Quality and Patient Safety Scott and Cindy Chafian of Suffolk, Virginia, celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary in a most unusual way. They were both in Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, recovering from Scott’s donation of a kidney to Cindy, which took place the day before their anniversary. Cindy suffers from polycystic kidney disease, a hereditary condition which also ruined her mother’s kidneys and her grandfather’s. Cindy has been on dialysis for two years, exhausted most of the time and frustrated at the limits it placed on her quality of life. “If I got dinner on the table for my family, that was a good day,” Cindy says, “but that was the only thing that was going to happen.” Scott could see how waiting for a kidney donor was affecting Cindy and decided to be tested for compatibility as a living donor. To their surprise, he was a match. “We literally get to open a new chapter in our life together, fresh and cleanly on our 20th anniversary,” Scott says, “and there’s something symbolic in that.” Scott learned a lot about living kidney donation during his journey. “Technology is opening windows of compatibility that weren’t available when we were younger,” he says. “I would tell anyone who is thinking about living donation to get tested. You might be a match for someone.” Beyond immediate friends and loved ones, Scott learned living donors can join donation ‘rings’ in which a donor gives a kidney to the first compatible recipient, anywhere, which allows the donor’s intended recipient to receive the first kidney available from someone else. “God bless the families who offer the kidneys of deceased donors,” says John Colonna, M.D., Sentara Transplant Specialists. “But living donors help patients get off the waiting list, and off dialysis, a lot sooner.” Also, Dr. Colonna adds that living donor kidneys last twice as long, on average, than those of deceased donors once they’re implanted. There are 106,000 patients waiting for donated kidneys across the U.S. and there are 22,000 kidney transplants performed each year. The program at Sentara Norfolk General hospital performs about 60 kidney transplants per year and has done 11 so far this month alone. The program also performs pancreas transplants and has done one of those since the beginning of 2017. Cindy Chafian is looking forward to a new life off kidney dialysis. “My husband will get his wife back and my children will get their mother back,” Cindy says. “It’s huge.”
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20th Wedding Anniversary Gifts

An unusual 20th wedding anniversary gift January 25, 2017 By: Dale Gauding General Health, Medical Services, Patient Experience, Quality and Patient Safety Scott and Cindy Chafian of Suffolk, Virginia, celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary in a most unusual way. They were both in Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, recovering from Scott’s donation of a kidney to Cindy, which took place the day before their anniversary. Cindy suffers from polycystic kidney disease, a hereditary condition which also ruined her mother’s kidneys and her grandfather’s. Cindy has been on dialysis for two years, exhausted most of the time and frustrated at the limits it placed on her quality of life. “If I got dinner on the table for my family, that was a good day,” Cindy says, “but that was the only thing that was going to happen.” Scott could see how waiting for a kidney donor was affecting Cindy and decided to be tested for compatibility as a living donor. To their surprise, he was a match. “We literally get to open a new chapter in our life together, fresh and cleanly on our 20th anniversary,” Scott says, “and there’s something symbolic in that.” Scott learned a lot about living kidney donation during his journey. “Technology is opening windows of compatibility that weren’t available when we were younger,” he says. “I would tell anyone who is thinking about living donation to get tested. You might be a match for someone.” Beyond immediate friends and loved ones, Scott learned living donors can join donation ‘rings’ in which a donor gives a kidney to the first compatible recipient, anywhere, which allows the donor’s intended recipient to receive the first kidney available from someone else. “God bless the families who offer the kidneys of deceased donors,” says John Colonna, M.D., Sentara Transplant Specialists. “But living donors help patients get off the waiting list, and off dialysis, a lot sooner.” Also, Dr. Colonna adds that living donor kidneys last twice as long, on average, than those of deceased donors once they’re implanted. There are 106,000 patients waiting for donated kidneys across the U.S. and there are 22,000 kidney transplants performed each year. The program at Sentara Norfolk General hospital performs about 60 kidney transplants per year and has done 11 so far this month alone. The program also performs pancreas transplants and has done one of those since the beginning of 2017. Cindy Chafian is looking forward to a new life off kidney dialysis. “My husband will get his wife back and my children will get their mother back,” Cindy says. “It’s huge.”

20th Wedding Anniversary Gifts

20th Wedding Anniversary Gifts
20th Wedding Anniversary Gifts

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