Tuesdays with … November 17, 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.
Did you know there were benefits in being a kidney donor too? Yes, benefits!
Most importantly, the kidney donor knows that their gift improves or saves the life of someone with kidney failure.
Perhaps the most important aspect of living donation is the psychological benefit for both the recipient and the donor. The recipient can experience positive feelings knowing the gift came from a loved one or a caring stranger. The donor experiences the satisfaction of knowing he or she has contributed to the improved health of the recipient.
Kidney donation from deceased donors has not been able to keep up with the need for kidney transplants. Over 5,000 people die every year waiting for a kidney transplant.
Living kidney donation has revolutionized kidney transplantation and is the preferred option when compared to a transplant from a deceased donor. Several benefits and advantages of living donation are now recognized:
- Short and long term survival rates are significantly better for transplants from living donors than transplants from deceased donors. On average, a kidney from a living donor lasts twice as long as one from a deceased donor.
- Living donor kidneys almost always start functioning immediately. More than 25% of deceased donor kidneys take from a few days to a few weeks to start functioning.
- When someone receives a kidney from a living donor there’s one less person on the waiting list, shortening the wait for everyone else.
- The longer someone remains on dialysis his or her health deteriorates.
- A kidney transplant doubles someone’s life expectancy compared to staying on kidney dialysis.
There is little debate over the benefits of transplantation compared to being on kidney dialysis. Life expectancy figures comparing the two are surprising.
- A man, between the ages of 40 – 45, could expect to live about 8 years on dialysis. If the male were to receive a transplant, he could expect to live more than 20 years.
- Women, who start dialysis between the ages of 55 – 59, could expect to live approximately 5 years. However, a woman could live more than 16 years with a transplant.
If you know anyone who would like to speak to me further about becoming a living donor, please share my email address (fill in yours).
(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.