The past six months have been some of the hardest in my life. In September of 2017, I went through rejection of a transplanted kidney. The transplant was from my mother in-law only 4 years ago. The transplant team did everything they could to help me fight off the rejection and we thought I would be ok for a while. Unfortunately, in December of 2017 I started to show signs of end stage renal failure. By February of 2018 it became clear that dialysis would be necessary for me to live. My hope is that once I am on dialysis I can be listed for another transplant and start looking for a live donor as well. The past few weeks have been a roller coaster of emotions, mostly guilt and sadness over the loss of this amazing gift someone gave me.
I was grieving the loss of my transplanted kidney, I still am. I had to get myself out of a deep sadness and depression. I started thinking about what life would have been like without the transplant. I listed all of the adventures I have had and all of the people I have met since my transplant. Here are some of the amazing things I have done in four years:
-traveled to Florida multiple times
-traveled to Vegas 3 times
– saw the Grand Canyon
-traveled to California 3 times
-went on a Missions trip to Haiti
-traveled to the Dominican 4 times
-went on 3 Walker Stalker Cruises
-visited NYC 4 times
-traveled to NJ and Atlantic City multiple times
-traveled to Arizona
-traveled to Japan
I have done SO MUCH in 4 years! I am so grateful for all of the scholarships, donations and support I have gotten to do it all. None of this would have been possible if I hadn’t received the gift of life from Jane. I am choosing now to look at my situation as a glass half full. Yes, it is sad and it sucks that it only lasted 4 years but WOW… what an amazing 4 years it has been. I also have met some of the most amazing people in those four years. I am grateful for every last second this kidney has given me. If there is one lesson in all of this it is to make every moment count. I feel like I honored my donor by doing just that.
Please consider becoming an organ donor. Give someone else the gift of life!