Waiting for the Gift of Life
I am writing on behalf of my neighbor, friend, prayer warrior, and sister in Christ, Becky Grise. Some of you may know at age 28 Becky was diagnosed with polycystic kidney disease, this disease is hereditary but can skip a generation as it did with her parents Sherman and Florabell McKinney.
Overtime, her kidney disease has worsened causing them not to function appropriately and limiting her time to keep her body from shutting down. She is facing limited dialysis, a donor or a LIVING donor. Asking family members or friends to consider donating is difficult, but significantly improves her chances of receiving a transplant (without possibly years of waiting) and her quality of life.
You might not know a lot about living donation, I know I didn't until Becky shared her story with me and I did a little God lead research. 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 relatively quick, generally two weeks.
~ the cost of your evaluation and surgery would be covered by Becky's insurance.
~ 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 her story! If donating a kidney is something you would like to consider, Becky would be more than happy to tell you more about her story and explore the process of determining if you are a match for her. O+ blood type people is what she needs.
Submitted by: Amy Tyree Carver