I wanted to do something that was creative to capture the trials, tribulations, and triumphs of people like me who have traveled along the long road to kidney health and well-being.
One of the best ways I know how to do that is to put myself in front of a blank screen or piece of paper and try to grasp the right words and sentiment.
This isn’t about perfection, it is about emotion. For me it means going to places in my mind that have either been great centers of joy, or places where I’ve let fear and doubt prevail.
The following is a poem that I wrote to capture what it was like for me when I got the call to receive my kidney transplant. I hope you enjoy.
All I remember thinking was that I was going in to see if I was in good enough physical condition to receive a kidney transplant. In my mind, of course I was, but in my psyche, I had already convinced myself that the kidney transplant support team at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle was going to laugh me out of the door.
But I needed this transplant. I needed to live in a life that didn’t rely on my having to go to receive dialysis treatments 3 times a week for 5 hours at a time. I needed to be able to be in charge of my own life again without feeling like I was a burden to people. I needed to not occasionally vomit on a nurse or dialysis tech anymore because of sometimes feeling really queasy.
Hello and thank you again for visiting this website to learn about the importance of kidney health, traveling a kidney journey, and helping others by becoming a donor.
Today I wanted to touch on a subject that often is a challenge for a lot of people who are battling with kidney disease, and quite frankly, other people who are just trying to live their every day lives.
When it comes to finding out if donating a kidney can shorten your life, I’d first like to thank you for even considering becoming an organ donor in the first place.
Deciding to give someone a second chance at life is one of the most unselfish acts of kindness that can ever be displayed by one person to another.
In the article below, I will address some of the concerns about the adverse effects of having one of your kidneys taken from your body and implanted into someone else’s. Furthermore, I will delve into some easy and simple ways that you can actually become a healthier person after giving your generous gift.