Scott Pearson is 53 years old and lives with his wife Tammy in Howell NJ. Scott was diagnosed with IgA nephropathy in 2011. A routine physical for his CDL license got the attention of Scott’s doctor prior to his diagnosis. Scott’s protein levels in his urine were elevated and his doctor suggested he investigate it. Scott’s primary care doctor suggested a local nephrologist. After some initial testing it was recommended that he have a biopsy. This biopsy revealed the IgA.
Over the next few years Scott managed his CKD with medication and guidance from his doctor. There was a bit of trial and error in the beginning. Unfortunately, one of the medications caused an issue with Scott’s right eye. This led him to a retina specialist. After testing with the retina doctor it was determined that Scott had developed Central Serous Retinopathy (CSR). This was beginning to cause issues with his sight in the right eye. The treatment for this condition is 2 needles in the eye, once a month. Scott has been treated, successfully, for CSR since 2014.
During this time Scott, along with his nephrologist, successfully managed keeping his kidney function (while quite low) stable.
Scott’s next surprise came in 2018 when he was diagnosed with prostate cancer. His urologist was very confident that it was caught early. So much so that he told Scott that any treatment could be put off for a few months. Scott being very body conscious and mindful of his health, did not want to delay. So on July 5, 2018 he has surgery to remove his prostate. The surgery went very well and the pathology came back showing no PSA. Scott discussed his kidney disease with his urologist and they thought following up with radiation may be a good idea. From there Scott met with a oncology radiologist and a course of treatment was determined. Scott knew one day he may need the life saving gift of a kidney. He didn’t want anything compromising that gift.
After two years of clear PSA, Scott was encouraged by his nephrologist to speak with a dialysis nurse. Scott’s numbers were starting to falter, and his nephrologist wanted to educate him to the possibilities. Scott learned a lot from the nurse and her staff. He has incorporated healthier eating into his lifestyle to help maintain his kidney health. The nurse encouraged him to pursue being put on the kidney transplant list. Scott’s numbers were reaching a point that made this a possible reality.
Scott reached out to a local kidney transplant team. After several meetings, several tests and more blood draws, he was finally approved to be on the transplant list in July of 2020!
I was diagnosed with CKD 10 years ago. I have been fighting this disease with medication and excellent medical care. As my kidneys get worse I find myself not having the energy that I use to have. I do have good days but I also have days where I struggle to get through. This is hard for me because I have always been a very active person. I used to restore classic boats and cars. Also I use to travel more. Fortunately I'm still able to work everyday and want to continue that as its very important to me and my well being.
Being able to get back to feeling better overall and some normalcy back into my life. I can get back to being an active participant in my community. I have always shared my kidney journey with those around me . Having a transplant would not only help me but also encourage others with CKD to stay positive and knowing there is hope for all of them.
I'm sharing my story here in the hopes that a living kidney donor can be found. I am looking for people who would be willing to be screened to see if they could possibly be my kidney match. All medical expenses will be covered by my insurance and the entire process is completely confidential. If you are moved by reading my story and you are willing to "Share your spare" you could literally save my life and be a hero. Even the simple act of sharing my story could connect me to my kidney angel.
If you are considering being a living donor please use links below to contact Scott Pearson'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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