Hey, my name is Courtney I am 29 years old and I am currently on dialysis for the third time in my life. I was first diagnosed with my kidney disease when I was 11 and went on dialysis for the first time when I was 14. So being sick is all I really know but I try to not let it control my life. I always see the positive side of things and I'm grateful for everything.
I was diagnosed with kidney failure when I was 14. Three times a week I have to wake up at 5am to go to dialysis. After dialysis on a good day I will be a little tired but most of the time it leaves me lightheaded and exhausted. I constantly have to back out on plans due to being drained from dialysis. I also have a weak immune system because of my disease so I frequently end up in the hospital. at least I'm on a first name basis with all of the staff. I have missed so many holidays and celebrations from this. a kidney will give me a chance at a normal life.
With my prior transplant the best thing was waking up and actually feeling healthy. Before the transplant I always thought that I felt fine but when you wake up with a brand new kidney its such an amazing feeling to actually feel healthy. You almost forget about the huge incision on your stomach haha. A transplant would give me a new lease on life. You would be saving my life. A transplant would allow me to be there for everything and not miss out on everything that I would from being on dialysis or in the hospital. I would be able to go on trips with my family and finally be able to have a surprise get away. I don't know if you are fully aware of what dialysis is but I can't miss a single treatment or I will end up in the hospital or worse. So without a kidney going to dialysis is my life. Nothing else can come before it. I want to be able to have
Donating a kidney is a big thing to do and hopefully an amazing person will read my story and change my life. Even if you're not a match or can't donate yourself please help by sharing my story and helping me find my match!
If you are considering being a living donor please use links below to contact Courtney Hall's Transplant Center. Begin by completing the donor questionnaire
1800 Orleans St, Baltimore, MD, 21287
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Medical expenses for living organ donors are 100% covered, and inquires from potential donors are 100% confidential! Contact the Transplant Center to learn more about living donation.More Donor FAQs
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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