After a lot of testing for my brother, my sister, my boyfriend (now fiancé, who proposed in Hawaii at sunset just a few weeks ago, and I couldn’t be happier), and myself… we have finally found a match! The lucky winner is…. my brother. Although, transplants are able to take place without matching in any antigens, my brother matched on 3 antigens out of the 6.
I can’t begin to tell you how grateful, appreciative, and lucky I am that my family and the love of my life have shown such incredible support over these past 4 months, not to mention, my entire life dealing with this disease. My family jokes around a lot, so it just makes it that much more easier to deal with. We’re able to laugh about it and always look at the positive side. My brother will have to do a few more tests and we will have to go through consultations with nephrologists, social workers, and financial advisors. If everything goes as planned, I could be having my transplant as soon as the end of next month. A wave of emotion has come over me and I only worry about my brother, and hope that everything will be okay for him. I have a consultation to meet with my nurse coordinator and nephrologist next Tuesday, where I can find out more information and maybe a more definitive date of when my transplant will take place.
You too can help those in need. “Twenty-six million Americans have Chronic Kidney Disease and millions more are at risk.” Go to http://www.kidney.org/, where you can donate and to help save a life.
“Forget yesterday – it has already forgotten you. Don’t sweat tomorrow – you haven’t even met. Instead, open your eyes and your heart to a truly precious gift – today.” – Steve Maraboli