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I saw Lenny’s story on the Channel 12 news this morning. Like me, he needs a kidney, blood type O. He’s from the Milwaukee area. You know how my transplant last summer changed my life. Can you share your spare?

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I wanted to share an update. The new kidney eight months old and it’s working great! It’s doing everything it should and some things like electrolyte management a little too well. If I have to take phosphorus and magnesium tablets the rest of my life I’m fine with that.

The only problem since I last wrote has been a virus called Cytomegalovirus or CMV that landed me in the hospital. I was in for two weeks and a month of daily IV treatment followed by a few weeks of recovery and follow-up. I’m hoping that that’s the end of the end of the kidney related medical issues and now that spring is here we can get on with enjoying the rest of 2018!

Until I’d read this I had not considered the behind-the-scenes and logistics of organ transplants. How did my kidney get from Missouri to Milwaukee? Unsung heroes that I may never know, but they know that every time they do this it makes a difference.

There are so many unseen heroes that make organ, tissue and eye donation -- that make saving and healing lives possible. You too can be a hero just by saying yes. Please register as an organ, tissue and eye donor at DonateLifeWisconsin.org. Start your year off right.

Pilots from TxJet are the unseen heroes of Indiana Donor Network, traveling coast to coast to transport life-saving organs to Indiana recipients
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I am a registered organ donor both online and with the DMV. And I’m here, happy and healthier because someone else made that same choice.

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Donate Life Wisconsin

Share if you are a registered organ, tissue and eye donor, know someone who isn’t, or simply want to raise awareness for donation! Together we can help give the ultimate gift this season, life. Register at DonateLifeWisconsin.org at a Wisconsin DMV Service Center. ❤️❤️❤️❤️🎁🎁🎁🎁

This Friday on my day off I started by going back to DaVita in Brookfield. Kidney disease and dialysis never get a day off and this Friday is like any other Friday. It’s also exactly four years ago since I started dialysis treatment at this facility. I’ll always remember Carrie, Julie, Erica and the others that helped me get started. It was good visiting my friends Teri, Linda and Shirley there and seeing John, Dan, Dave and others. Having visitors on dialysis was a highlight, it always made the time go by quickly. I wanted to give them a little of my time and for those on transplant lists, hope that their name will be called soon.

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Caregivers make life possible for those that are ill or recovering from an illness. My caregiver, my love, my wife Terri has been with me every step of this journey.

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Transplantation at Mayo Clinic

November is National Family Caregiver Month. As a transplant center, we do our best to explain to transplant candidates why their caregiver is such an important... part of their transplant experience. Tell us below how your caregiver helped you through your transplant process - and while you're here, give them a big thank you as well!

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It’s mid-October and now I’m three months, exactly 120 days post-transplant and everything is going great! I feel good, zero pain, surgical recovery is complete and I’m back to work. Froedtert is still monitoring me closely with labs twice a week, tweaking medications and tracking the results. In life things can go really bad or really good but usually somewhere in between. Right now we’re definitely in the real good portion.

All of these amazing changes coming from that one day from that amazing gift. Consider being a liver or kidney donor whether living or deceased. You will save a life and make an incredible difference in this world.

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Donate Life America

It's #DonorDay2017 in #NY! NY currently has one of the lowest state donor registration rates. They are working to change that & to save lives. Show us how it's ...done, NY. Register your decision to be an organ, eye and tissue donor today at RegisterMe.org. #DonateLife Have friends in NY? Tag them and let them know today (and every day!) is a good day to save lives. Make LIFE possible. We ❤️ NY!

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I attended the Froedtert Hospital 50th anniversary of Transplantation today. I sat next to and met a woman, Kathleen, who told me of her story of a heart transplant and later a kidney transplant. After more listening I said "I read about you in the paper", She said yes. Here is her story of determination and perservence: http://archive.jsonline.com/…/change-of-heart-one-womans-j…/.

Here is how she looks today:

The Walk for PKD on September 10 was a great success exceeding this year's fundraising goal earning $36,000 for research for a cure for PKD! Thank you everyone that came to the Walk and those that are committed to solving this disease.

New post for our #WalkforPKD blog series! This week, Robin Strachan shares her experience at the Walks and the reason why they’re so enjoyable.

This post is part of a special series in honor of the 2017 fall Walk for PKD season. As the season progresses, a PKD Foundation staff member will share their experience at a local Walk event. This week’s featured contributor …
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Did you know that Sunday, September 10 is officially PKD Awareness Day in the Great State of Wisconsin?

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Jeff's Kidney

It's official! Today, Sunday, September 10 was declared PKD Awareness Day by Governor Scott Walker!

Come to the Walk for PKD at Bayshore Mall Town Square today...! Registration starts at 8:30 am, Walk begins at 10 am followed by the raffle and kids games. Fun for everyone and help raise funding for research to fight PKD!

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It's official! Today, Sunday, September 10 was declared PKD Awareness Day by Governor Scott Walker!

Come to the Walk for PKD at Bayshore Mall Town Square today! Registration starts at 8:30 am, Walk begins at 10 am followed by the raffle and kids games. Fun for everyone and help raise funding for research to fight PKD!

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So many of my friends were on dialysis yesterday waiting for a kidney. Today will be a day of recovery as will Sunday. By Monday they will be 10 pounds heavier and looking forward to treatment. At least that's how I used to feel...

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Wanted: Kidney donor for Jenna

USA: As of today, September 9, 2017, there are 116,676 people waiting for an organ transplant. Of those, 96,821 need a kidney.
Source: https://optn.transplant.hrsa.gov

Please register, endorse your drivers license and tell your family you want to be an organ donor. It's incredibly important and creates an amazing living legacy.

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Donate Life Wisconsin

Share if you said yes and registered as an organ, tissue and eye donor, and if you haven't yet, you can register in just minutes at DonateLifeWisconsin.org.

If you missed Jacque and myself on The Morning Blend, here's a link to the video segment online: http://www.tmj4.com/…/walking-to-cure-a-common-and-life-thr…

Please come to the Walk on Sunday at Bayshore Mall town square by Kohl's or help by donating online!
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The 2017 Milwaukee Walk for Polycystic Kidney Disease
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Watch Jacque and me this morning on TMJ4's Morning Blend show between 9 and 10 am!

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MilwaukeeChapter Pkd is with Jacque English at Today's TMJ 4.

Milwaukee! Are you watching The Morning Blend? We're on to talk the Walk between 9 - 10 a.m. today! - with Jeff Nelson