Tuesdays with … May 25, 2015
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.
Do you know there are benefits to being a living donor? Yes, benefits. Let me share them
Living donation eliminates my need for placement on the national waiting list.
Short and long term survival rates for me are significantly better for transplants from a living donor than transplants from deceased donors.
On average, approximately 17 years for a kidney from a living donor compared to 8 years for a kidney from a deceased donor.
I know you.
Living donor kidneys almost always start functioning immediately, whereas about a third of deceased donor
kidneys can take from a few days to a few weeks to start functioning (often called a sleepy
Believe it or not, your donation shortens the waiting time for others on the waiting list.
Dialysis presents significant physical and emotional challenges. A kidney transplant doubles my life expectancy compared to being on kidney dialysis treatment.
Waiting for a deceased donor can be very stressful and unhealthy.
Perhaps the most important aspect of living donation is the psychological benefit. I can
experience positive feelings knowing the gift came from a caring person rather than stranger and someone whose life was shortened for my benefit.
You can help me directly or indirectly by sharing my story.
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Until next week, we wish you the best in your journey.