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Tuesdays with … March 2, 2015

This week’s Tuesdays with… update is a refresher and hope you find the basic info about these updates helpful. It also provides info for those who are new to LKDN.

It’s a good idea to regularly update friends and family about your need for a kidney transplant. I’ve been told that it is difficult to come up with new information to send out every week. To help, every week LKDN sends a Tuesdays with… update that includes articles and information that you could provide in your email update. You could also add information about your donor search and personal health status.

I encourage you to be consistent with your updates and the Tuesdays with… updates does just that. You’ll receive the update each Monday so that you can use it as a template for your Tuesdays with…update.

For example, if I were sending out the update it would titled: Tuesdays with Harvey. This is playing off the very popular book: Tuesdays with Morrie written by Mitch Albom.

The updates allow you to continually remind people about your situation. You never know when someone will want to learn more about the living donation process or when they might want to share your story with their social network. Many living kidney donors have learned about someone’s need from a personal or social media friend. (That is how I met my kidney donor for my second transplant.)

In addition to emailing your updates you could post this info on your Facebook page and other social media outlets.

If you are just starting try to keep your first update short. Here’s an example:

I am looking for a kidney donor. I am often asked is it better for me to have a living donor or a deceased donor (cadaveric).  There are many distinct advantages of finding a living donor. Some advantages are:

  • In many areas of the country the wait for a deceased donor could be as long as 10 years.
  • If I continue to wait for a deceased donor, my health will continue to decline.
  • Living donor transplants last on average twice as long as ones from a deceased donor.
  • About 30% of deceased donor kidneys don’t start to function immediately.  That almost never happens with living kidney transplants.
  • I pay it forward as I now shorten the wait time for someone else on the list of those seeking a kidney.

Do you know anyone who could pay it forward by donating a kidney so I can start reaping the benefits of a living donor?

(You could also provide some info about your health, dialysis, your energy level, something you and your family are doing together or an experience you’ve had at the transplant hospital.)

I am very grateful for the continued support I’m receiving from family members and friends and will continue to keep you up to date on my progress.

Can you suggest another way to let others know about your need? Please share it with us by Clicking Here and we will include in in a future Tuesdays With... update.

If you know someone else in need of a kidney transplant or would like to pass this on to your doctor or a dialysis/transplant social worker please provide him or her with this link:

Until next week, we wish you the best in your journey.

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Harvey Mysel, Founder & President

Harvey established the LKDN after recognizing the need for better resources while pursuing a successful living kidney transplant in 2006. Our purpose is to share knowledge and build the confidence to enable the life changing benefits of living donation. Click here to learn more about Harvey.

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