Houston State Sen. Borris Miles is recovering from a kidney transplant, and said he is “eternally grateful” for the blessing he received. 

“Many of you may know that I have struggled with my health all my life,” Miles said in a note to his constituents. 

“That battle includes facing sickle cell anemia and kidney disease head on. Like many who live with a life-threatening illness, I power through each day, no matter the pain to provide for my family and serve the people of Senate District 13. 

“This past weekend I was blessed to receive a kidney transplant. While my family and I are incredibly excited, I know that my recovery will cause my absence in the community but my staff will be right there continuing the work.”

He added that two upcoming events are canceled.

“I will be canceling my two birthday receptions which were initially planned in Austin (Oct. 24) and Houston (Oct. 29).

“God is good, and I am eternally grateful for this blessing that I have been granted. Every breath is a gift, and I never take one for granted. I have so much more work to do.

“Thank you to everyone for your love, support and prayers. Thank you to the doctors and the healthcare professionals who oversaw my transplant.”

Miles also stressed the importance of organ donation.

“Please consider becoming an organ donor and help save lives,” he said. “You can register to become an organ donor at Donate Life Texas [www.donatelifetexas.org]. You never know whose life you are going to save.”