Here's something to chew on...May 14th will make 4 years since I made the decision to become a living kidney donor. In that time, my friend, for whom I donated, has flourished. He's planning an October wedding and both of our lives have been blessed beyond measure since the surgery. Also keep in mind that our surgery was one of 28 transplants that took place as part of this, the 2nd largest transplant chain in history.
Now consider this....a transplant chain such as ours can... very literally be the thing that saves a person needing a transplant from death, since the most severe cases of kidney disease/failure will find the patient ineligible for a cadaver organ (the assumption is that they are too sick to risk an organ going to them that could otherwise go to someone with a higher likelihood for a long life, so in the absence of a willing living donor, they will die. Heartless but real life). So 28 selfless souls step forward to save 28 others.
Assuming the revised healthcare bill of #45's passes the Senate, all 56 individuals involved in this transplant chain will be listed in the "pre-existing conditions" checklist. Insurance companies will be allowed to overlook the lives saved as well as the brave sacrifices made and will legally have the capacity to deny coverage.
Chew on that for a minute.
Did you know that outside of being able to donate a full kidney and live a completely normal life, that you can also donate part of your liver, lung, and intestines as a living donor?!! Don't put it off until you're deceased. Consider donating while you can still enjoy the gratification of having given someone life!!! #donatelife #livingkidneydonor #livingorgandonor #shareyourspare #kidneydonor
This is easily the coolest thing I have seen since learning about living organ donor exchanges. Now, there is a program that will allow you to donate an organ as a living donor in exchange for a transplant voucher that guarantees that your loved one will receive an organ down the line when they need one!!! This is IDEAL for children battling kidney disease that are too young for transplant. I'm blown away!!
At a time when our nation is embroiled in a senseless race war, this picture embodies the notion that we have control over what the media's perception of us really is. Three years ago, Anthon Khare changed my life. He'll tell you it was the other way around, but let me assure you, I am the one that was saved May 14,2013, the day I donated my kidney to an anonymous recipient in exchange for an anonymous donor donating one to him. That was the day that Anthon taught me what it ...TRULY means to be selfless. It was the day he taught me what it means to lead by example. It was the day he taught me that doing the right thing shouldn't have conditions. Two lives were saved that day. One of us had lived most of his life in fear...fear of when his body would just give up on him. The other, had seemingly lived an awesomely healthy life, but until that point, had yet to walk in her life's purpose.
Pictured here is a man that is living...A man that is happy...A man that has hope...A man that has since found love and is planning a wedding that might not have happened, if not for the events that took place May 14,2013. Also pictured is my son...the same baby that people worried I would never be able to have if i became a living kidney donor...the same baby that people worried I wouldn't be able to one day save if he ever needed an organ. Neither would be here if kindness hadn't prevailed...if either of us had allowed selfishness or hatred or racism to win.
The media will tell you that the racial tension in this country is one that cannot be overcome. It will tell you that we're afraid of each other. It will tell you that this is the way it will always be. I reject that notion. I tell you that racism and bigotry only win if you let it. I tell you that doing the right thing is the solution. I tell you that love and kindness and purpose are color blind.
Three years ago, Anthon Khare gave me purpose. This week I am in California to attend the family reunion of my Dutch family, because three years ago, they saved my black life.
Do the right thing. The world needs more of that!
Day 4 back at work since surgery and so far so good! The first day was a colossal struggle. I collapsed when i got home Monday but the rest of the week has been good. I'm drinking in excess of a gallon of water a day which means i'm inadvertently getting up to walk a lot. Lol! Remembering to take it easy and listen to my body. So, if you're wondering how long til you can return to work, every body is different but so far 6 weeks was a good time for me!
An example of the med regimen for a transplant recipient post-surgery. When the question crosses your mind about how your life will chg as a living donor, remember that pre and post-surgery, your experience will still have nothing on that of your recipient. I left the hospital with 2 prescriptions...Anthon left with 16. #shareyourspare
If you're waiting for cadaver organs to save your loved one, you could be waiting a while. Consider being a living donor. The first step is as simple as giving blood! You can do this!!
Received news this afternoon that the kidney transplant chain I participated in was actually not 16 but 28 transplants!!! The last surgery took place yesterday. It's gained media attn as the fastest chain, with all transplants having happened within a 5 week span! God knows how to show out!!!! So humbled!
I really desperately wanted to get a tattoo to commemorate this amazing journey. I cried when he finished. There are no words to describe how much this whole experience has forever changed my life!!