Tuesdays with … August 25, 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.

No as defined by Merriam-Webster Dictionary is “used to give a negative answer or reply to a question, request, or offer”.

Yes, on the other hand, as defined by Merriam-Webster Dictionary is “used to give a positive answer or reply to a question, request, or offer.”

Did you know, currently, there are over 100,000 people on the kidney transplant waiting list? The wait for a deceased donor could be 5 years, and in some states, it is closer to 10 years. Patients are prioritized by how long they’ve been on the waiting list, their blood type, immune system activity and other factors. 80% of the people on the waiting list are on kidney dialysis. The longer a person is on dialysis and has to wait for a transplant, the short and long term success rates are negatively affected. On average, receiving a kidney transplant can double someone’s life expectancy who is on dialysis.

Over 80% respond yes when asked if they would be an organ and tissue donor. I’m looking for my “yes” kidney donor. Many living donors hear about a person’s situation through a friend or family member. Perhaps you could share my story with those you know and that will point me to my “yes”, but that will happen only if you can say “yes” to sharing my story.

 (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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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.

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Harvey Mysel, Founder & President

Harvey established the LKDN after recognizing the need for better resources while pursuing a successful living kidney transplant in 2006. Our purpose is to share knowledge and build the confidence to enable the life changing benefits of living donation. Click here to learn more about Harvey.

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