My name is Sherry Carter. I'm a 61 year old female seeking a a chance at having a normal and healthy lifestyle by receiving a kidney from a willing donor. I've been on hemo dialysis for about two years and my kidneys are only at 8%. My kidneys began to fail due to diabetes and hypertension. I pleading for living donor. Please consider becoming a donor, if not for me for other recipients who so desperately need it.
I have been on dialysis for 2 years. I started with peritoneal in which I dialyzed every night for 8 hours, but that didn't work out due to me kept getting sick and being hospitalized. I then changed to hemodialysis which is 3 days a week each treatment is about 4 hours. My Kidney is only functioning at 8% therefore I am thankful that dialysis is available to me. Having kidney disease has changed my life tremendously. I am not able to do some of the things I love such as attending family functions, going to church and singing in the choir. It takes a toll on my body some days I am drained physically and emotionally.
A transplant would mean the world to me. I would not have to spend most of my time in a clinic receiving dialysis and feeling weak and sick most of the time. It will allow me to be with my family and friends more often , I would be able to go to church and be able to fellowship my Christian sister and brothers.
Please share my story with others as well as consider learning more about how to become a donor. There are approximately 100,000 people in the United States that are waiting on a kidney You can make the difference by sharing my story or someone that may be close to you.
If you are considering being a living donor please use links below to contact Sherry Carter'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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