Monday, February 26, 2018


Today is our sixteenth birthday! 

Sixteen is a huge milestone.  Starting today, we can officially date and legally drive!  We are so thankful for these amazing sixteen years.  They've been positively full of miracles and of incredible people.  

Today, we aren't doing anything huge to celebrate-- just having cake.  On Saturday, our friend Anabelle had her birthday and we stayed up until midnight watching movies together to celebrate both of our birthdays.  Our big present is DISNEYLAND! We will keep you updated on our adventures!
We haven't been on any vacations for a couple of years, so this will be exciting!  Maliyah, our mom, and Ezra are flying down after dialysis the day we leave. Everybody else is making the long road trip down to California-- wish us luck!
Sidenote: Kendra dyed her hair purple! Let us know what you think.
Keep an eye out for Wednesday's video!

Kendra & Maliyah
~The Herrin Twins~

Monday, February 19, 2018

Contact Us!

Today's blog post is a little unique-- we want to reach out to our readers!  We want to know what you are interested in.  Message us on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, or comment here on Blogger!
Tell us about you, and let us know what you want to see, both in our videos and in our blog posts.
We hope everybody had a fantastic President's Day here in the US!  For those of you who are international, we hope you had a phenomenal day despite still having work and school.
Kendra & Maliyah
~The Herrin Twins~

Monday, February 12, 2018


We hope you are all having a fantastic day!  Today, we want to talk about what organ donation means to us.

Maliyah prior to kidney transplant

As many of you know, we both have a very personal experience with organ donation.  When we were conjoined, we shared one kidney, meaning only one of us would get the kidney when we were separated.  Kendra got the kidney, so Maliyah had to have a kidney transplant.

Clearly, organ donation means an infinite amount to both of us.  Without it, Maliyah wouldn't be able to survive, and we may have made the decision not to get separated, meaning likely would have both run into severe problems due to dependence on just one kidney.

But becoming an organ donor is such a long process, right?  It takes too long, and nobody has the kind of time to sign up for that.  It's easier than you think, and there is more than one way to sign up:
1. Go to your local DMV and check "yes" on organ donation
2. Better yet, visit and sign up within seconds

It's really that simple!  Organ donation is indescribably important-- in the United States alone, there are over 115 thousand people in need of a lifesaving transplant, and millions more around the world. One organ donor can save EIGHT lives.  So what are you waiting for?  Sign up now!
To learn more about organ donation, click here.

March is national kidney disease month!  Show support by putting green ribbons around your house or yard, and don't forget to send us a picture by messaging us on facebook, we will respond and feature them in an upcoming video.  Those of you out of the country, don't hesitate to join in and make this an international celebration of awareness!

Thanks for reading, and don't forget to spread the word about organ donation and national kidney disease month!  Leave comments and questions for us below.

Kendra & Maliyah
~The Herrin Twins~

Monday, February 5, 2018

Our Conjoined Twin Story

Yesterday, February 4th, we uploaded our Conjoined Twin Separation Story Exclusive.  For a while now, we have been wanting to use our influence to move in a more positive and uplifting direction.  With this new video is the beginning of a new, more inspirational start.  So, without further ado, we want to tell you our story.

Fifteen years ago, when we were born, our parents faced a difficult decision.   They could keep us together-- a situation that might create risk because of our one kidney-- or separate us, an equally dangerous option.  If we were kept together, we would never be able to sit on two separate chairs, spend individual time with our family or friends, or even go out while the other stayed home.
Our parents decided to separate us, which would allow for our separate personalities to flourish.  Due to our unique one-kidney situation though, doctors decided it would be best to wait until we were four and our bodies were more developed.  Leading up to the surgery, our parents discussed the procedure with countless surgeons to determine how and if it could be done.
At the time our parents started to mention this to us, we were only three.  We didn't exactly understand the risks at the time, but we grasped very clearly that we wouldn't be "stuck together" anymore.  Before we started attending the hospital regularly, we visited the zoo, went swimming, and tried to spend as much time together as a family as possible.
When we had to go to the hospital to prepare for the surgery the first time, we woke up early in the morning.  As our mom fixed our hair and got us dressed, Kendra asked, "Is it cut apart day?" 
"No, but we are going to the hospital for cut apart day soon," Our mom replied.  Every week after that, we would get tissue expanders under our skin to stretch it.  This would make it easier for the doctors to stitch us up after separation.
In the months before our separation surgery, the hospital staff treated us like royalty.  We had our own play room in the hospital, and the nurses let us squirt them in the face with syringes.  The staff gave us hospital dolls that they had sewn together like us.  We each were given a pair to cut apart when we felt ready for the surgery.  Kendra cut hers apart right away, while Maliyah waited until after the surgery.
While we were staying in the hospital, we received fan mail from all of you!  It lifted our spirits to see all the kind letters and well-wishes people had sent.  We still have them, and your words continue to mean so much to us.
On the day of the surgery, the hospital staff gave us a scavenger hunt looking for numbers on the ceiling.  When the numbers had reached 12, it was time for surgery.  Although we had felt confident about the surgery until that moment, it was hard to leave our parents.  Everybody was crying, and saying goodbye was hard.  
When the surgery happened, we were obviously asleep.  A couple of weeks later, we woke up.  Maliyah was very out of it from some medicine, and uncharacteristically sharing with Kendra, something she hadn't liked to do before the surgery.  We were in the hospital for 90 days before, during, and after the surgery.  When we got to go home, we took Polaroid pictures (featured in the video) and got ready to leave the hospital.
As we left, news crews were following us out of the hospital.  To lighten the mood, our dad made a joke: "What are these people doing here, and why are they following us?" When we got home, everybody we knew was outside our house welcoming us back.  When we got to our room, we had separate beds!  It was a huge moment for both of us, because we had always shared a bed at home until that moment.
Looking back on this experience, we are immensely grateful for the decision our parents made to separate us.  Although life still has its challenges, we are able to sit in two different rooms, go two different places, and express our own personalities in the way we would like.
Click here to see the video.

Let us know what you think about this new direction!  What videos and articles would you like to see?  We will reply to comments and questions.
Thanks for Reading and Watching,
Kendra & Maliyah
~The Herrin Twins~