Tuesdays with … August 11, 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.
Pursuing a kidney from a living donor is somewhat like looking for a new job, the more you share your story, skills etc. the more likely you are to find that job. Also, during the interviewing process it is very important that you are effective at highlighting your skills.
While letting others know about my need for a kidney transplant I’ve realized that I need to educate friends and family members about the differences between a kidney from a living versus one from a deceased donor.
There are many benefits of living donor versus one from a deceased donor. I’ll highlight the 2 most important ones. The wait for a deceased donor can be 5+ years. When someone is willing to donate a kidney, that procedure can be done quickly, often avoiding the need to be on kidney dialysis. Also, a kidney from a living donor lasts on average twice as long as one from a deceased donor, 20 years instead of 10 years. To read more about the benefits of a living donor click here.
There’s a non-profit organization that has been a great help to me, Living Kidney Donors Network. Their Founder, Harvey Mysel is a 2-time kidney transplant recipient. Harvey has helped hundreds of recipients and donors through the transplant process. He makes himself available to anyone that has questions about the donation process. If you would like to learn more about the process to be a living donor you could email Harvey at: harvey@LKDN.org and he will be willing to set up at time to talk.
(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.