My name is Theresa Canones. I was diagnosed with renal insufficiency when I was 42. Working as a Clinical Liaison/Business Development, I was in denial even when my primary doctor was tracking me down to get me to see a nephrologist, my GFR suddenly dropped 47 . At that time, what use to energize me was working and exceeding the expectations for recognition and to bonus my family. I now realize I didn’t get the chance to enjoy my time in my 30’s and 40’s because I submerged myself into my job and tasks. Now, my focus is gratitude, serving others and making each moment with my husband and children count.
Living with kidney failure has robbed my energy level. It has affected me from having something as simple as a good night’s sleep. I love relaxing in warm baths, snorkeling, swimming and now can only reminisce about these simple pleasures. Living with peritoneal dialysis has also kept me from traveling over night to farther distances. Due to the risks of infection, I always need to be in an aseptic environment. Nowadays a great deal of my time is spent cleaning my surroundings, napping to recover from being up all night and praying. A transplant, for starters would help me become pain free. The draining of the peritoneal fluid is painful and wakes me up each cycle every night. It would also mean my energy will return so I could enjoy longer walks, tennis, dancing and living a better quality of life. Best of all, it help me live a normal, longer life liberated from the confines of my bedroom.
I am praying for a living donor. I am reaching out to family, friends and or anyone who can help me share my story in finding someone who would find it in their heart to spare their kidney so I may live a life without being bound to tubes, pain and limitations.
If you are considering being a living donor please use links below to contact Theresa Canones'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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