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The Alaskan Journey of the Sea Shanty


Charles Kaluza, DO


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Copyright 2011 Charles Kaluza


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The Alaskan Journey of the Sea Shanty


This journey began many, many years prior to setting off. I have had a long standing dream of sailing my own boat to Alaska, but like most dreams, life came first. I chartered boats and did portions of the trip but never seemed to make the time for the whole journey. About 3 years ago, I was diagnosed with a progressive autoimmune kidney disease called FSGS. The realization that I was looking at dialysis and hopefully a kidney transplant changed my priorities. Someday became soon and my wife, Sheryle and I began seriously looking at boats. My kidney function declined faster than expected and someday became "now". It would have been logical to have just bought a boat capable of making the journey but who ever said I was logical. Instead, I wanted a project. I wanted to understand the systems and be able to repair things as needed. Besides I needed a project…spending way too much time worrying about my lab results rather than enjoying life.

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