A writer by trade (and passion), I found it only appropriate to document my journey to becoming an altruistic kidney donor. If my writings inspire just one person to consider becoming a living donor, I will have accomplished so much more than I ever could have dreamed.
I’m a firm believer that when people come together for a common cause, there’s no limit to the good they can accomplish. As a fellow altruistic donor (and a true inspiration to all) once said, ‘God gave us two kidneys – one is meant for sharing.’ Amen. And, since I will soon be down to my last kidney, I figured the best way to continue the sharing was to get my story out there in hopes that it will maybe one day touch someone the way I was touched by the stories of those who came before me – maybe even inspiring them to donate, thus continuing the life-saving chain I hope to perpetuate.
Before making the decision to become a non-directed kidney donor, I read every piece of literature I could find. Once I knew all the facts, read all the research, and could practically recite the procedure by memory, I wanted to learn all I could from a donor’s perspective – the stuff the doctors, researchers, and scientists couldn’t possibly convey. The sites I found and the people I met along the way (and continue to meet) have made this journey one of the most exciting and rewarding ones of my life. So, to give to others what was given to me, I vow to tell it all – the down and dirty, the nitty gritty, and the not-so-pretty details. From here on out, I am an open book for all to read – no over-worked writing, nothing formal or unapproachable – just my thoughts, as they happen. Just me.
Most people think living donors (especially those who donate to strangers, like I will be doing) are crazy. Well, we are. But perhaps the world could use a little more crazy.