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One week ago today I had my PD cath placed so I can start yet another new journey but with home dialysis! I am beyond excited to have some of my freedom back again! I am still in complete disbelief at times of how quickly my life changed. Pretty much in a blink of an eye I went from working and doing things on my own schedule (being able to take a fulll body shower lol) to being at a dialysis clinic 3 times a week for 4 hours at a time and no full body showers. Have 2 major surgeries within 1 month was definitely not on my to do list. But hey life happens and I’m more than thankful that there are still ways to keep me alive! 🙏🏽💓😊 Again thank you everyone for helping support me through my journey and spreading the word that I am STILL IN NEED OF A NEW KIDNEY! Blood type O+ or O -. If interested please feel free to contact me directly. 😊 #maianeedsakidney #nationalkidneyfoundation #peritonealdialysis #pdcatheter #dialysis #organdonation #donatelife #donatelifetennessee

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Today is my nine year anniversary for saying goodbye to one of my kidneys. Donating a kidney was the closest I could get to saving someone’s life. It started a chain of 32 surgeries at 12 different transplant centers and ended in giving 16 people a new kidney. I thank GOD everyday for my health and the opportunity to help others. 💚💚💚 #kidneydonor #organtransplant #payitforward #effectivealtruism #dialysis #donatelife #kidneydonation #nationalkidneyfoundation #kidneytransplant

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From the time I write this , it’s just nearing midnight and it will soon be October 3rd. . . . That means two months to the date , I will be , what I call , re-homing my kidney. I was told the person I am giving to was a difficult match , but somehow I matched them perfectly. I feel so much joy to give this gift. . . . This journey has been beautiful thus far , and it’s really still just the beginning. I am full of intrigue and wonder to where this organ of mine will go. What will it mean to this person Will it take Will it change everything What does it mean for me Will they want to meet me Is it a man , woman Is it a young girl or boy A mother , a father Will I get to hug them someday and see another human with my organ that my parents created for me It’s all so strange , so wonderfully beautiful and strange. Such is life. . . . Just some rambling bedtime thoughts of a soon-to-be living donor. Photo 📷 @prettylittleombre . . . #livingdonor #organdonation #livingdonation #donatelife #shareyourspare #givelife #health #hartfordtransplant #hartfordhospital #connecticut #kidneytransplant #kidneydonor #kidneydonation #donortodonor #beautifuluniverse #nationalkidneyfoundation #nationalkidneyregistry #grateful #gratitude

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It’s #WorldKidneyDay and many of you know that I have kidney disease. I found out about it when I was 17 , shortly before starting college. The doctors believe it’s congenital. I’ve experienced the excruciating pain of kidney infections , the miserable side effects of antibiotics , emergency doctor trips while on vacation , and the random pains that occur when I least expect them. I’ve cried , I’ve screamed , I’ve panicked , I’ve wondered “why me” • But I choose to focus on moments like this one. I know I may need my kidney removed one day and I know I may even need a transplant one day (nudge , nudge , wink , wink , get tested for me pls 🤣). I am truly grateful for every single day I’m given and for how stable my numbers have been overall for so many years. My life is filled with more joy than I can fathom sometimes and I know if my kidney decides to riot , my support system is strong! • To anyone out there battling kidney disease , you’re amazing and your body is working so hard! We’re a powerful bunch and I hope for nothing but healing vibes and good news to come your way 🧡 • #kidneydisease #chronickidneydisease #nationalkidneyfoundation #kidneydiseaseawareness #bff #bestfriends #sunshine #orange #findacure #kidneyhealth #ckd #nkf #besties #sunset #laughter #healing #traveler #nj #newjersey #jerseygirltravels #photography

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i may not be getting any hearts this valentine’s day , but i will be getting a new kidney!!! thanks to the overwhelming generosity of a friend here in the netherlands , i will be undergoing a preemptive kidney transplant as soon as the hospital can schedule it in (may/june/july-ish). this news couldn’t have come at a better time , because my health has been rapidly declining. as of my last check up (end of december 2019) i was at only 7% renal function. there is unfortunately some bad news that comes with this as well , but i’m going to save that for another post. i want to savor this moment as long as i can before i have to make some very practical decisions concerning all of this. if you were planning on getting tattooed by me , please do it soon! once i’ve had the surgery , it will be several months before i’m able to work again (barring any complications). i am eternally grateful to my living donor. he is quite literally my hero. (separate post about him to follow.) #esrd #kidneyrecipient #kidneydonor #pkt #endstagerenaldisease #kidney #kidneydisease #iganephropathy #pma #universalrecipient #nierstichtingnederland #amcamsterdam #olvgoost #nephrology #amsterdam #tattoo #tattoos #tattooer #amsterdamtattoo #ladytattooers #crowdfunding #grateful #nationalkidneyfoundation #kidneytransplant #kidneyfailure #kidneystrong #kidneytransplantrecipient #americankidneyfoundation #bigaskbiggive #valentines

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Today is #worldkidneyday and it’s been 11 years since I received my transplant. But today I found out I will need to be put back on the list for I am in a chronic antibody rejection. My kidney is failing quicker than usual and I need to start looking for a donor. I am Type A+. Since I have had multiple blood transfusion and treatments over the past 5 years I am SUPER sensitized so it will be even harder for me to find a match. But I KNOW GOD DIDN’T BRING ME THIS FAR TO GIVE UP ON ME NOW. #kidneytransplant #typea+ #kidneyrejection #plasmapheresis #donatelife #nationalkidneyfoundation #organdonation #transplant #transplantrecipient #fighter

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💛✨Four years ago today I donated one of my kidneys to a true friend.🌼Always here if you have questions about living donation 🙏. . . .🌼❤️🙏Best wishes to you and your donor , Jen! @sideshowjentattooer ・・・ . #kidneydonor #livingkidneydonor #pma #nationalkidneyfoundation #donatelife #kidneytransplant #kidneyversary #americankidneyfoundation #bigaskbiggive #kidneydonoradvocate #livingdonation

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💚 KIDNEY Disease can go UNNOTICED until it's VERY ADVANCED. One in 7 adults (age 18 or order) in the US has end stage renal disease who need dialysis to prolong their life or waiting for a kidney transplant. The #1 cause of kidney disease is DIABETES; #2 is HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE (source: #CDC) 💚 Does living KIDNEY donation affect life expectancy "Living donation does not change life expectancy , and does not appear to increase the risk of kidney failure. In general , most people with a single normal kidney have few or no problems; however , you should always talk to your transplant team about the risks involved in donation..." 💚 References: https://www.kidney.org/transplantation/livingdonors/what-expect-after-donation NFL Jerry Rice on promoting kidney health and shared his story on visiting a dialysis facility: https://www.kidney.org/news/nfl-legend-jerry-rice-gets-social-nkf-to-promote-kidney-health https://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/news/20090128/kidney-donors-life-spans-not-shortened CDC Fact Stats: https://www.cdc.gov/kidneydisease/publications-resources/2019-national-facts.html #instagood #instalike #instalove #instapic #likes #love #nofilter #photo #photography #picture #kidneydisease #kidney #kidneydonor #healthy #lifestyle #health #nationalkidneyfoundation #wellness #awareness #savingalife #life #amazing #compassion #kidneyhealth #donor #kindness #cdc #organ