My name is Alisa and I have Polycystic Kidney Disease. It is a condition that unfortunately is hereditary in my family. My father had the foresight to have me tested as a teenager. My father and other relatives were on dialysis and/or received transplants.
Living with Kidney Disease hasn’t been easy. I chose the less invasive peritoneal dialysis which I do every night while I sleep. My morning routine has become a ritual of finishing dialysis, showering, that cup of coffee to wake me up and then head to my desk to start working. Thank God for “work-at-home.” There are the doctor appointments, medications, etc. I’m blessed that I don’t suffer from any other conditions like diabetes or high blood pressure. Although I’ve been sick off and on for the last few months. More meds of which one made me sicker so had to add it to my allergy list. More appointments and tests. Now my creatinine is increasing which means a change to my dialysis regimen. Some days I feel great and then there are those days when I can barely do anything. I still work full-time so I constantly push myself to keep going because giving up is not an option.
A transplant would essentially restore my health and give me back the freedom that I miss and I pray help me live longer than I would without one. I will always have to take a medication, I can live with that. I am grateful for the dialysis machine but the thought of needing this machine to live is not what I want for my future
I’m sharing my story with the prayer that someone would be willing to at least get tested and willing to donate a kidney. I know this is a big ask, I get it and it’s hard to ask anyone to give up an organ. We only need one kidney in order to live a full and healthy life. The survival chances of a kidney from a living donor far exceed one from a deceased donor. This may not be an option for you so I hope that you will share my story with others and thank you in advance for your support ❤️. Birth year: 1968
Full Name: Alisa L Griffin
If you are considering being a living donor please use links below to contact Alisa Griffin'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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