Alicia Battle


 

I thought I had things all figured out: I would finish graduate school, get a job, get married and have children. In my mind, the future was set in stone – that was until a life-changing experience taught me otherwise.

I was diagnosed with kidney failure in 2001. I still remember how it all began with me feeling weak, with my body swelling up, but kidney failure was the last thing on my mind. I thought it was stress, until I finally went to the emergency room and they diagnosed me. I needed immediate dialysis, and eventually needed a kidney transplant.

In 2003, my wait for a kidney ended. My younger sister donated a kidney to me. After the transplant, I felt like a new person almost immediately. The transplant gave me the energy that I needed to continue working. Today, I am the Senior Manager for Career Centers at Goodwill of North Georgia and I often share my experience to motivate others. I meet people who are discouraged because of the things that stand between them and a paycheck: lay-offs, limited skills and education, language barriers and disabilities. As someone who knows what it’s like to have things not go as planned, I tell others about my illness and transplant to show people that obstacles arise, but they can be overcome. It’s all about your attitude. One of the lessons I love to share is about setting goals. Before the diagnosis, I hadn’t prepared for any what-ifs. Now I am able to help my staff and Goodwill job seekers create a "Plan B." I realize that we all have to be more realistic when we set our goals because we never know what will happen.

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The holidays are here again!
We would like to  thank you for your support throughout the year and wish you and your family happy holidays. Don’t forget! At Goodwill of North Georgia we observe special hours on the following days:
 
Stores
Thanksgiving Day: Closed
Christmas Eve: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Christmas Day: Closed
New Year’s Eve: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
New Year’s Day: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
                             
Donation Centers
Thanksgiving Day: Closed
Christmas Eve: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Christmas Day: Closed
New Year’s Eve: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
New Year’s Day: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
 
Career Centers
November 23 – 26: Closed
December 23 – 25: Closed
New Year’s Eve: Closed
New Year’s Day: Closed
 
Have a safe and happy holiday season!