Tuesdays with … June 29, 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.
Why is There Such a Critical Need for Living Donors?
There have been many attempts to increase the number of organs available for transplant. Did you know, even if ALL of the deceased donor organs were able to be used, there would not be enough organs available to meet the demand? This includes my need to find a kidney donor.
Currently, there are over 100,000 people on the kidney transplant waiting list. The wait for a deceased donor could be 5 to 10 years or longer. (IF YOU KNOW THE WAIT IN YOUR AREA YOU COULD ADD THE INFORMATION) Waiting times vary from region to region based upon blood type and other factors. The need for kidneys exceeds the number of available deceased donor kidneys. As the waiting list continues to grow, wait times to receive a deceased donor kidney will likewise increase. This situation affects me as I continue to wait to find a kidney donor.
Kidney damage most often stems from a chronic illness, which over a period of years, can result in kidney failure. The most common conditions causing end stage kidney failure and the need for transplants are:
- Diabetes is a leading cause of chronic kidney failure in the United States. Chronic kidney failure, is related to both type 1 and type 2 diabetes.
- Elevated blood pressure can damage the kidney and ultimately impair the kidney’s ability to filter waste from blood.
- An enlarged prostate, kidney stones or tumors, or can cause urine to back up into the kidneys from the bladder, increasing pressure in the kidneys, reducing their function and causing kidney failure.
- There are many kidney diseases that inhibit the kidney’s function. These include clusters of cysts in the kidneys (polycystic kidney disease), kidney infection and inflammation of the glomeruli, a condition that causes the kidneys to leak protein into the urine and damages nephrons.
- Kidney artery stenosis is a narrowing or blockage of the kidney (renal) artery before it enters the kidney, which impairs blood flow and leads to kidney damage.
- Toxins from ongoing exposure to fuels and solvents, (such as carbon tetrachloride and lead — in lead-based paint, lead pipes, soldering materials, jewelry and even alcohol distilled in old car radiators) — can lead to chronic kidney failure.
Chronic kidney failure is a gradual loss of the kidneys' filtering ability. When kidney function is seriously impaired, dangerous levels of fluid and waste can quickly accumulate in your body.
In conclusion, as mentioned above, my need to find a kidney donor is critical to my well being. Perhaps you know someone or could pass this information along to your friends and family member. Kidney donors are often introduced by someone who knows a person in need.
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Until next week, we wish you the best in your journey.