Tuesdays with … Aoril 27, 2015
Here’s your Tuesdays with…. update for those in need of a kidney transplant and their advocates. It is a short one this week. 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.
Did you know there are many benefits to receiving a kidney from a living donor? One of the biggest benefits is a living donor kidney lasts on average twice as long as one from a deceased donor. Medical advances and drugs have enabled many more people to be a compatible donor. In the past, living donors needed to be close relatives to “match”. Now many living donors are not related to their recipient.
Living kidney donation has revolutionized kidney transplantation and is now preferred when compared to a deceased donor transplant. Several benefits and advantages of living donation are now recognized:
- Living donation eliminates the recipient's need for placement on the national waiting list.
- Short and long term survival rates are significantly better for transplants from living donors than transplants from deceased donors. On average, a transplanted kidney lasts approximately 18 years from a living donor compared to 13 years from a deceased donor.
- Living donor kidneys almost always start functioning immediately, whereas deceased donor kidneys can take from a few days to a few weeks to start functioning.
- A kidney transplant doubles the life expectancy compared to staying on kidney dialysis treatment.
- Perhaps the most important aspect of living donation is the psychological benefit. The recipient can experience positive feelings knowing that the gift came from a loved one or a caring stranger. The donor experiences the satisfaction of knowing that he or she has contributed to the improved health of the recipient.
As I continue my quest to find a kidney donor, I would like to ask for you to share my story. Perhaps there is someone you know who would like to be my 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.
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Until next week, we wish you the best in your journey.