Welcome to our personal experience with kidney donation and transplantation. What a great time to launch this blog and write about our experience as March is National Kidney Month. We encourage you to check out the National Kidney Foundation’s website. It’s chock-full of great information. There are also vlogs featuring other donors and recipients sharing their stories.
As the kidney donor, Michelle Rogers of Ypsilanti, Mich., will share her experiences of going through the testing, which has already happened, why she decided to donate one of her kidneys, setting the surgery date and any nervousness associated with that, as well as her experience on the day of surgery, what it was like and the ups and downs of recovery as her body adapts to having just one kidney.
As the kidney recipient, Nancy Noble of Berkley, Mich., will share her experience, from being diagnosed with kidney disease in her 20s, to how she got where she is today — in desperate need of a kidney — and what her future holds with a new kidney, a new regiment of medication and a new lease on life.
Mark Noble, Nancy’s husband and caregiver, plans to write about his journey next to Nancy’s side.
Jim Walsh, formerly of Birmingham and Westland, Mich., Nancy’s brother and Michelle’s boyfriend/caregiver, will write about Michelle and Nancy’s experiences as they convey them during the surgery and recovery periods. Also, he’ll share what he goes through as a caregiver juggling college classes full time and taking on extra responsibilities around the home as Michelle recovers.
Thank you for taking the time to experience this journey with us. Our goal is to educate people about kidney disease, the process of finding a live kidney donor, and the ins and outs of the surgery, aftercare and healing process — what life will be like on the other side of surgery for the donor and recipient.
Ultimately, we hope to inspire more living donors to come forward. As of May 2011, the University of Michigan reported there were some 2,500 people waiting for kidneys in the Great Lakes State and 111,000 across the United State. And according to the National Kidney Foundation, every day 13 people die while waiting for a kidney. So, as you can see, there is a great demand.