Adventures of a Kidney Donor

July 18, 2011

Happy Anniversary Jackie!

Filed under: Kidney Heroes — by anne315 @ 7:45 pm
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Happy Anniversary to my dear friend and kidney hero Jackie! One year ago this Thursday she got her kidney. She has been an inspiring model of courage, humor and strength. Not only did she have a kidney put IN, she had a kidney taken OUT all in the same year!  That’s one transplant and one nephrectomy in less than 12 months. Not fun. She received her new kidney in July of 2010 and in April of 2011 she had to have one of her old ones removed because it was causing trouble.

Usually kidney recipients have THREE kidneys (the old ones usually atrophy and are harmless) but once in awhile the old kidneys still cause trouble. Jackie was one of the few “lucky” recipients to have to endure removal of one of her older kidneys. I am SO PROUD of her because she took it in stride and is doing everything she can to keep her new kidney and get on with her new life. She didn’t whine (I would have!) or mope, just got on with what she had to do.

The good news is that her new kidney is chugging away and doing its thing and working very well throughout all of this. My dear friend is free of dialysis. We are celebrating this week with dinner! Asking Jackie to choose a restaurant is like pulling teeth but HA – it’s HER anniversary so she HAS to choose. When I have my anniversary next year I will choose.

Read about Jackie’s adventure here.

My adventure looks like it will be in a few weeks! One more test to make sure the recipient and I are a good match. I have been thinking about him/her and I bet they are counting down their dialysis days. I am so glad for this person! I am starting to freak out a little in the middle of the night –oh my god, they are going to take my kidney out!– but I think that is normal.  

After yapping about it for a year and a half it will be good to FINALLY deliver. People were starting to think I had made the whole thing up.

Go to Resources on Kidney Donation


  1. Anne, I think this might be my favorite blog posts of yours since you started blogging:-) I wonder if it’s because it’s about me:-)
    You are MY kidney hero for so many reasons but the most important one is that you are doing the most selfless thing that a person can do – you are giving the gift of life to a complete and total stranger! You are changing someone’s life in ways that you can’t imagine.

    I am so proud to be your friend!

    Comment by Jackie — July 18, 2011 @ 7:55 pm |Reply

  2. Congratulation Dear Jackie! Be a good girl and pick a restaurant.

    Comment by Jan Taylor — July 19, 2011 @ 7:39 pm |Reply

    • Thank you Jan. Anne and I have a place that we’ve gone to since we were 16 yrs old…so it will most likely be there!

      Comment by Jackie — July 20, 2011 @ 8:39 am |Reply

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