Tuesdays with … March 30, 2014
Here’s your Tuesdays with…. update for those in need of a kidney transplant and their advocates. You could use the following information and email to family members, friends and post on your Facebook page and other social media outlets. You could also include additional information about your health, progress and other activities. If this is your first Tuesdays with… update, click here to learn how to use Tuesdays with… to expand on your Kidney Kampaign.
Here’s your update:
Ah-ha! The moment when you realize the message being communicated from one person to another person and/or group or even to yourself.
My “ah ha” moment occurred when I changed my thought process from “I need to ask someone to donate” to “I need to let people know about my situation, and educate them about the options available”. The latter results in having my donor find me!
Most people don’t know the qualifications to become a potential donor. Parents, children, husbands, wives, friends, co-workers, and even total strangers can be living donor candidates. Someone doesn’t need to be a “perfect match.”
Living donor candidates should be:
- In good physical and mental health.
- Free from high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, HIV, hepatitis, or organ-specific diseases.
- At least 18 years old.
- Donors receive an extensive medical evaluation.
These medical/physical criteria are very important for organ donation, but there are others. They play a critical role in finding good candidates for transplant. A good donor should also:
- Be willing to donate, but no one should feel they must donate.
- Be well informed. A good donor candidate has a solid grasp of the risks, benefits, and potential outcomes, both good and bad, for both the donor and recipient.
- Have good support. Significant others should support your decision.
- Have no alcohol or substance abuse problems.
- Have psychiatric diagnoses well controlled over an extended period of time.
Did you have an “ah ha” moment reading this? Would you share my story with others? Perhaps they will have an “ah ha” moment? I know there is a donor who will say, “I want to be your donor”. Now that’s an “ah ha” moment!
(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.
There’s something you should keep in mind. There isn’t a national standard for evaluating donors. Each transplant hospital has their own criteria. One hospital may not approve someone to donate while another will. So if someone is rejected as a donor and feels they should be able to donate they can get a second opinion.
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Until next week, we wish you the best in your journey.