Happy anniversary to the recipient and me. Sunday August 12 marks one year since the kidney I used to have went to someone else out there. I don’t say “my” kidney anymore, I say “the” kidney since it is now his. I am glad it is his too! See The Kidney, My Kidney. Hope he is having some delicious cake or celebrating a year free of dialysis in some way. I want to blow Weight Watchers points out of the water and devour cake myself. I think of him often, that unknown someone out there. I picture a more active and free life for him. Very cool.
My colleague Mari pointed out this article about altruistic/non-directed donors. “U.S. Woman’s Altruism Starts Chain of Five Kidney Swaps, Extending Lives.” It’s great news that this type of donation is on the rise. We still have a long way to go, but each year seems to be getting better. From the article:
Donor Honica Brittman decided to be part of a kidney swap after learning she could not donate to a family friend because of incompatibility, represents what experts say is a critical and growing number of “altruistic” or “non-directed” donors, people willing to donate to anyone in need as long as their blood type, antigens and other factors are compatible.
While there is no conclusive national data on the number of donors like Brittman, experts estimate they have increased to between 100 and 200 a year, up from just dozens a few years ago. ”After every chain that gets some publicity, there’s a flood of potential donors contacting kidney exchange networks and individual transplant centers,” Alvin Roth, an economics professor at the Harvard Business School said.
The year has gone by quickly! All of my medical checks are coming back normal. Aside from the small scars, I can’t even tell I had surgery. So happy anniversary to us and here’s to all of the donors and recipients out there! Back to the cake. I have cake on the brain because of stupid bloody Weight Watchers and their Nazi Points Plus system. Hmmm… not so sure about the kidney cake pops…