My name is Lukeisha Waters . I call myself Vivid for numerous reasons. 1st 1 being I’ve had a vivid imagination my entire life. I’m passionate about God , family, and the pursuit of happiness. I was diagnosed with kidney failure initially in 2012. I was blessed with a deceased donor in 2017 . March 2020 it had completely rejected. I believe Covid played a huge part. I’m back on dialysis currently.
When I think about dialysis, I prefer to quote poem Mother to son , by Langston Hughes .
Well, son, I’ll tell you:
Life for me ain’t been no crystal stair.
It’s had tacks in it,
And boards torn up,
And places with no carpet on the floor
Sounds terrible , the reality is. It’s keeping me alive. I go 3 times a week , 6 hrs each treatment . My energy level has decreased. Blood pressure is elevated. My heart has enlarged and I now have a rapid heartbeat . Often I’m missing outings with family and friends . I’m on the machine 18 - 23 hrs weekly not including the time it takes to place needles in and hold my access for bleeding to stop.
Transplant for me would mean another chance to live and not just exist. Having the energy to make a difference. I love to make great memories with my children and grandchildren . I’d love to feel whole again.
For along time I felt that I’d just suffer in silence. I didn’t like the idea of making ppl feel sad because of my situation. However, close mouths can’t get fed. Maybe someone out here just wants to be a blessing. This kind act will last forever. In just incase your wondering transplanting a kidney isn’t taking from you. Everyone is only relying on one kidney. The other is there for backup. In most of us never ever use the backup kidney. I realized that family aren’t only blood related. Most times where bonded for life through shared experiences. So let’s bond. I’d hope to hear from you! Yes , you !
If you are considering being a living donor please use links below to contact Lukeisha Waters'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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