I NEED YOUR HELP
As an Author, this is probably the hardest thing to write. I am writing this to express my desire to pursue the option of a kidney transplant. As hard as this is to write; if you are reading this then you are someone whom I feel would want to know what is going on in my life.
Some of you may already know that I have been fighting kidney cancer since 2011. Over time, my fight against this horrible disease has caused me to lose both kidneys and now the only way I am able to survive is through dialysis. or a kidney transplant.
I started on dialysis, in-center, on October 4, 2016. While dialyzing in-center I became acutely hypotensive and anemic; often passing out to be found on the kitchen floor by my young son or wife come home from school or work. As these complications progressed, I lost 80% of my eyesight due to a lack of oxygenated blood reaching my optic nerves. Yes, that is how low my blood pressure had become. I now have to perform dialysis five times a week in order to maintain a steady and normal blood pressure. However, thanks to the geniuses at NxStage, I am able to dialyze in the comfort of my own home.
Dialysis has taken the place of my kidneys to keep me alive, but a transplant would offer me more freedom and the ability to live a longer, healthier, more normal life. A transplant would also give me more time to do the fun things I enjoy most, like spending time with my family and friends.
However, finding a kidney for a transplant is not easy. Just ask the 100,000+ people on the waiting list for deceased donor kidney like me. Time is not on our side. Some wait for years or more for a kidney from a deceased donor. However, there is another option; receiving a kidney from a living donor.
Asking someone to consider donating a kidney to me is difficult. I am a proud person. However, YOU, a living donor can greatly improve my chances of getting a transplant. A living kidney donation typically lasts longer and also has better function.
You might not know a lot about living donation - I know I didn't before kidney cancer took my kidneys. Understandably, some people are afraid about the surgery and what living with one kidney will mean for them. Here is some basic information about kidney donation:
* You only need one kidney to live a healthy, long life.
* Most do not surgery is done laparoscopically, meaning through
* The recuperation period is usually fairly quick, generally two
weeks or less.
* All costs associated with the evaluation and surgery will be
covered by my insurance.
* You will have a separate team of healthcare professionals to
evaluate you as a living donor. Their job is to help you
understand the risks and benefits and look out for YOUR best
Thank you for taking the time to read my story. If donating a kidney to me is something you would like to consider, I would be happy to tell you more about my story and explore the process of determining if you are a match to me. You can also contact MUSC Transplant Center directly at 843-792-0571 or fill out a donor health history form at www.muschealth.org/livingdonor .
However, I know living donation may not be right for everyone - but you can still help!! Consider being an organ donor after death and also, help me by sharing my story with everyone you know. At the very least I want to bring awareness to kidney disease and living donation. I am hopeful my efforts will help me receive a kidney sooner and encourage others to consider helping the many people on the waitlist.