At times, we take our health for granted, not understanding that they are so many others struggling just to get by another day. We do not appreciate the privilege of been in good health. No one thinks twice on the idea of having (in this story) any problems with their kidneys. The fact is, there are 26 million Americans with kidney disease and most do not know they have it.
In the US alone, they are 118,000 on a waiting list and more than 96,000 need a kidney. I cannot stress enough the importance of been an organ and tissue donor since this act of LOVE can give them a second chance at life.
Actually, if we just look around I am sure we can find more than one human soul in need of either some tissue such as (skin, bone, heart valves) or an organ (kidney, liver or heart). These donations can dramatically improve the quality of life for recipients, and even save lives.
Around the end of 2002, my daughter was diagnosed with a kidney condition called Membranous glomerulonephritis (MGN) (big words for someone with no medical background) a slowly progressive disease of the kidney affecting mostly patients usually Caucasians between the ages of 30 and 50 years; she was barely nineteen.
Our kidneys are the filters of our system, without their normal functioning our bodies become fragile and vulnerable to swelling (edema) fatigue, foamy urine, and excessive need to urinate at night, weight gain and poor appetite.
After 13 years not knowing from day to day what to expect she has become a candidate for a kidney transplant. Our journey has just begun; I say ours, because I have successfully become a partner in this new venture in my sweet daughter’s life. God has truly answered our prayers, the agony and fear are finally over and I can proudly say, “I am a MATCH”. I will have the opportunity to give her “LIFE” a second time around.
Just when the Caterpillar thought, the world was over it became a butterfly…