Tuesdays with … July 28, 2014
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.
Determination, as described by Merriam-Webster’s dictionary, is:
- a quality that makes you continue trying to do or achieve something that is difficult
- the act of finding out or calculating something
- the act of officially deciding something
I am determined to find a kidney donor for myself. Many people ask me who can be a living donor. In general, to be a living donor an individual must be physically fit, in good health, free from high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, kidney disease and heart disease. Most living kidney donors are between 18-60 years of age. In recent years there have been many living donors older than 65 or 70 years of age and have successfully donated to those in need of a donor.
You can read more information about becoming a kidney donor on Living Kidney Donors Network’s website http://www.livingkidneydonorsnetwork.org/who_can_be_living_donor.html. With my determination and my request to have you share my story with your network, my kidney donor will be as determined as me.
(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.
If the kidney transplant waiting list is a good option for you then this is very important information.
Here's a good summary of the amount of time organs can be kept outside the body until they are transplanted.
Since kidneys have a longer shelf life it allows you to multi register at a transplant center that has a shorter deceased donor waiting list even if that hospital is not in the city where you live.
This link will take you to a site that lists ALL transplant centers and their wait times. I.e. the University of Wisconsin in Madison and the Mayo Clinic in MN have relatively very short wait times. 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. There’s additional information about each hospital in the report.
Can you suggest another way to let others know about your need? Please share it with us by Clicking Here and we will include in 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.