Hello. I am a 72 year old widowed grandfather of two, living in Sandy Hook, Connecticut. I moved to Sandy Hook a few years ago, when my wife’s illness (ALS) made it difficult for her to go up and down the stairs in our family home of 44 years. Once we moved to Sandy Hook, my life changed dramatically as my focus became being her primary caregiver for her last two year of life. Everything was centered around her, as it should be, but my health took a toll due to the physical and mental stress of caring for someone who couldn’t walk, talk or eat.
It took over a year and a half to truly understand the depth of my own illness. I was feeling weak and tired all of the time, and felt pain if I walked more than a short distance. My son and daughter and their families were quite worried about me and my own care, which added an additional layer of stress since they just lost their mom. Doctors kept referring me to other specialists, and after my mounting frustration and many many blood tests, it was finally confirmed that I had failing kidneys.
I am now in stage 5 renal failure and my need for a kidney is immediate and imperative, not only to my life, but also for my children and grandchildren. Everyone in my immediate family has been tested in hopes of being able to donate a kidney, but unfortunately, they do not quality.
Since I was not able to travel for so many years while caring for my wife, and now travel is very limited due to my start of dialysis, I dream of being able to simply hop on a plane and travel. I am blessed that my granddaughter (now 10) lives in a neighboring town and I get to see her often. We love to play and do art together. My grandson just turned 2 and lives in Colorado. It pains me that he never got to meet his grandmother, so I need to make it mission that he gets to know me.
Thank you for reading my story and considering kidney donation. My family and I would be truly grateful for your help. If you are interested in learning more about being a donor, please contact me through this app. If you aren't, no problem... we appreciate your help by simply sharing my story.
If you are considering being a living donor please use links below to contact Daniel Greenberg'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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