On the fence about being a potential living donor?
Asking a family member or a friend to consider donating a kidney to me is difficult, but it greatly improves my chances of getting a transplant. A living kidney donation typically lasts longer and has better function. You might not know a lot about living donation - I know I didn’t before kidney disease affected my life. Understandably, some people are afraid about the surgery and what living with one kidney will mean for them.
Here’s some basic information about kidney donation:
• You only need one kidney to live a healthy, long life. • Most donor surgery is done laparoscopically, meaning through tiny incisions. • The recuperation period is usually fairly quick, generally two weeks. • The cost of your evaluation and surgery will be covered by my insurance. The hospital can give you extensive information on this. • You will have a separate team of healthcare professionals to evaluate you as a living donor. Their job is to help you understand the risks and benefits and look out for YOUR best interests.
Thank you for taking the time to read my story. If donating a kidney to me is something you would like to consider, I would be happy to tell you more about my story and explore the process of determining if you are a match for me. You can also learn more about living donation by contacting The Living Donor Office at 704-355-3602 or 800-562-5752. They will be happy to mail you a Living Donor Packet with all the information or contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org #stoneyneedsakidney #doyouhaveakidneytospare #akidneyforstoney