Hello, my name is Tamara but everyone calls me Tammy. I'm very companionate about giving to others and helping anyone in need. I was diagnosed with stage 4 renal failure in October of 2021. I was in shock when I found out and my first question was, "What happened to stages 1, 2 and even 3"? "How did I get to stage 4"? What is so ironic is that I started working at Johns Hopkins Hospital on March 24, 2017 in the Department of Surgery/Kidney Transplant up until January 2021, and while in that department I moved so many donors forward to make sure that recipients received a kidney. Even though I'm no longer in Transplant, I still have a relationship with donors and recipients and receive Christmas gifts and phone calls.
I thank God that so far I am not on dialysis. After finding out I had renal failure I felt like my life was over but as soon as I contacted the Transplant team, that I use to work with, they reassured that I was in good hands. I previously only worked with donors so I was clueless when it came to the recipient side. I have been hospitalized twice and missed my God Sister's funeral, birthdays and events. I was heart broken!
I am the mother of 4, one of which passed away in 2009 from heart failure and I have raised her oldest daughter from age 5 up until 18 and she's still with me now. All together I have 16 Grandchildren and they are the reason why I will do whatever it takes to live. I want to be able to be a part of watching them continue to grow up and be successful. I want to continue our dinner and movie weekend at Ma Ma's house. I want to continue to be able to call each household on Christmas Day to speak to each one of them to find out what they got for Christmas. I want to continue to be able to call my grands on their birthdays. My family are my heart and soul and mean the world to me! My Mom is in the first stages of dementia, and is the matriarch of the family, but one thing she hasn't forgotten is how to pray. She's my Prayer Warrior!
I NEED YOUR HELP! Not only would you be giving the gift of life, you would also be receiving a blessing by donating. It's completely anonymous and I will never know your status until you are cleared. Even if we are not a match, there is the kidney swap/exchange program. It's when the donor and recipient may trade kidneys with another donor/recipient pair. My insurance would cover: screening test, surgery and some follow-up care. Contact the Johns Hopkins Comprehensive Transplant Center at (410) 614-9345 and give them my name, Tamara Williams and DOB: June 7, 1966. I'm excited and looking forward to what's about to come and please share and pass my story on to each and every one you know. "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not to your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path"! Proverbs 3:5-6 AMEN!
If you are considering being a living donor please use links below to contact Tamara Williams's Transplant Center. Begin by completing the donor questionnaire
There are currently 120,000 people waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant in the U.S. Of these, 100,000 await kidney transplants.
The median wait time for a kidney transplant is 3-5 years and can vary depending on health, compatibility, and where you live.
In 2014, 17,107 kidney transplants took place in the U.S. Of these, 11,570 came from deceased donors and 5,537 came from living donors.
Every 14 minutes someone is added to the kidney transplant waitlist.
A kidney from a living donor lasts longer and begins functioning more quickly than a kidney from a deceased donor.
In 1995, kidney donation became minimally invasive with a procedure called laparoscopic nephrectomy, which only requires four small incisions. Hospital stay is typically only 3 days after this operation.
Not blood type compatible with your recipient to be a living donor? Kidney Paired Donation (the “kidney swap” program) enables incompatible candidates with a living donor to receive a kidney from a compatible donor.
Last year, over 700 living donor kidney transplants occurred using Kidney Paired Donation.
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