So, I’ve been sitting on this blog post for a while now.. not really sure how to write what I want to say. BTW- I’m kind of a horrible blog writer…lol
A couple of months ago I found out a family member was on Dialysis and needed a Kidney. He had been on Dialysis for quite some time.. which means hooking up to a machine for 9/10 hours a day. As you can imagine, you kind of have no life when you are on Dialysis. Working full time.. travel time to and from work…he had to be home by a certain time to make sure he was hooked up so he could be unhooked by a certain time the next morning. THAT broke my heart! My immediate response was… lets see if we are a match! I want to donate one of my kidneys..I want to be a Kidney Donor! I did loads of research on this… became of member of several different groups from Donors and Recipients. I got tons of information and asked loads of questions. After a few trips back and forth to Florida for lab tests, exams, meetings… we were given the final GO! We’re a match! I am 100% health and EVERYTHING they look for in a match was perfect! We were given the surgery date of August 8thYes, In between ALL my weddings! I did a lot of praying that everything would work out perfect..and it did! The surgery went perfect… the kidney was working at 100% with zero complication. My wonderful Uncle got his life back!
It took me a couple of weeks to recover.. the first week was the hardest… from there things just got better and better. I’m still a bit sore… but nothing I cannot manage. I kept this a secret from most people because I didn’t want anyone to worry.. especially since I had a wedding on August 23rdI photographed the wedding with ease (and Tylenol) and everything went perfectly! I cannot wait to share the images from my August wedding
I can’t even put into words how much this surgery has changed me. I value myself and my family so much more! I see life so much more different and I LOVE it! This experience has changed me forever and I am forever grateful! My hear is full and this is probably the most proud of myself I have ever been in my life! Seeing someone get their life back because of you.. is priceless. I know I not only have my to my uncle.. but also to the person that would have gotten my uncles Kidney. To save/gave life back…it such an amazing feeling. A feeling I can’t even put into words.
If anyone has any questions for me about this experience..please feel free to send me an email: email@example.com