Tuesdays with … June 16, 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.
Did you know there are significant benefits to receiving a kidney from a living donor compared to one from a deceased donor? Let me share a few with you.
- A kidney from a living donor can eliminate my need to wait for a kidney transplant from a deceased donor. The wait can be **** or more years where I live. (see explanation below on how to find out the wait where you live.)
- Short and long term survival rates are significantly better for transplants from a living donor. On average a kidney from a living donor lasts about 18 years or twice as long as one from a deceased donor.
- It’s much healthier to avoid kidney dialysis and a kidney transplant doubles my life expectancy compared being on dialysis. (If you are on dialysis you could say it will shorten my time of dialysis)
- Those who have had a kidney transplant from a living donor mention the psychological benefit. I can experience positive feelings knowing the gift came someone who really cares for me and that I didn’t benefit from someone else dying.
- Donors express what a positive experience donating was and the satisfaction of knowing contributed to the improved health of the recipient who often feel their life was saved.
You can help by sharing my story with your Facebook friends, email lists or other creative ways. You can put my flyer up in your place of worship or any public bulletin board like at a Starbucks. Many kidney donors have donated after hearing that a friend of a friend is in need.
(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.
To find the wait times at transplant hospitals:
Here's a link that will take you to a site that lists ALL transplant centers and their wait times. One of the shorter wait times is the University of Wisconsin in Madison. You could search for any transplant hospital by State, top left on the page and then by center. Select the "New Format" under the "View Report" column, the information you are looking for will be on page #11.
To see examples of flyers and business cards that you could use click here.
Can you suggest another way to let others know about your need? Please share it with us by clicking here and we will include it 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.