Karen Tolbert-Givens


When days get tough I always remember my motto " I control dialysis, dialysis doesn't control me"

“From the moment you meet her you can tell she has a heart of gold and exuberates so much strength and energy.”
My name is Mrs. Karen Tolbert-Givens and I am hoping to find a kidney donor.

Chronic kidney disease is a problem that I have been dealing with for fifteen years. Unfortunately, over time my kidney disease has continued to progress to the extent that I will need a kidney transplant. The effects and treatments required to combat it have been a constant stress on my mind, body, and soul.
When days get tough I always remember my motto " I control dialysis, dialysis doesn't control me". Since 2006, I’ve been doing different types of dialysis (in-center, at home, and P.D. dialysis) all while still working to support myself and my family as an owner of a Salon and Spa for 10 years. This treatment often leaves me feeling tired and makes it difficult to do the things I enjoy, like going to church, traveling, playing board games.

I look forward to the day that I can get my normal life back. I have been married for 33 years and we have two biological daughters, three adopted daughters and have been foster parents for 15 years. We enjoy spending quality time together as a family, keeping the faith and fundamentals of family is important in our lives. It would be a blessing to be able to continue to live life without the constant concerns for my health.

I am on the waiting list for a kidney, however that can often take years to get a match. I am hoping to find a living donor because to improve my quality of life. A living donor would mean so much to me because it will allow me to travel more freely and live my life to the fullest while having more time with my family and friends. I would be grateful if you could help me find a match by getting tested or sharing this information with your own network of friends, family and community.

I sincerely thank you,
Mrs. Karen Tolbert-Givens


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2799 W Grand Blvd, Detroit, MI, 48202

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