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Dear Friends and Family,

 

Most of you know that I have diabetes, and unfortunately, as a complication I have developed kidney disease. Over time, it has gotten worse- causing my kidneys not to work well enough to keep me alive. This is what I am facing now, and my treatment options are limited to dialysis or a kidney transplant.

 

Getting regular dialysis treatments, usually three times a week for four hours at a time, is helping my kidneys do their job and keep me alive, but a transplant would offer me the ability to live a longer, healthier, more normal life.

 

Finding a kidney for a transplant is not easy. There are 100,000+ people on the waiting list for a deceased donor kidney. The average wait time is five years or more for a kidney from a deceased donor.  I have another option: receiving a kidney from a living donor.

 

Asking a family member or a friend to consider donating a kidney to me is difficult, but I’m told it greatly improves my chances of getting a transplant. A living kidney donation also typically lasts longer and has better function.

 

You might not know a lot about living donation - I know I didn’t before kidney disease affected my life. Understandably, some people are afraid about the surgery and what living with one kidney will mean for them. Here’s some basic information about kidney donation:

  • You only need one kidney to live a healthy, long life.

  • Most donor surgery is done laparoscopically, meaning through tiny incisions.

  • The recuperation period is usually fairly quick, generally two weeks.

  • The cost of your evaluation and surgery will be covered by my insurance. The hospital can give you extensive information on this.

  • 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 interests.

You can learn more on the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) website: www.kidney.org/livingdonation.

 

Thank you for your time. I know living donation may not be right for everyone.  Please do not feel any burden or pressure! That is the last thing I want.  But, if donating a kidney to me is something you would like to consider you can fill out a preliminary application at https://www.uncmedicalcenter.org/uncmc/care-treatment/transplant-care/kidney-transplant/become-a-living-donor/

 

Thank you and God Bless,

 

Hunter