Adventures of a Kidney Donor

January 25, 2013

Happy 10th Anniversary Kiersten!!!

Filed under: Kidney Heroes — by anne315 @ 11:50 am
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kiki annivRecently my friend and co-worker Kiersten celebrated the TENTH anniversary of receiving her kidney from her friend Theresa. Our friend and co-worker Mark thought of this cute cake to mark the occasion.

Kiersten and Theresa are doing great.  I have always admired Kiersten because she never really complained about her polycystic kidney disease when she had every right to.  She just got on with the business of doing what she had to do. She used to do dialysis at work! She seldom misses work then and now which is remarkable.

I of course admire Theresa for her donation, she is another one of my heroes! Theresa couldn’t have her kidney removed by laparoscopy, she had the open surgery which takes longer to recover from. Theresa said she never thought twice about donating a kidney to her best friend. “She helped me learn about unconditional love,” Theresa said of Kiersten.

Theresa and Kiersten’s only disagreement? Kiersten roots for Michigan State University and Theresa for University of Michigan. I am a Spartan too but we all have to admit, U of M is great at kidney surgery!k and t

You can read Kiersten and Theresa’s story.

Go to List of Resources on Kidney Donation


  1. Okay, the cake is cute! How does one do dialysis at work?

    Comment by lansingtheatertalk — January 25, 2013 @ 11:55 am |Reply

    • You can do Peritoneal dialysis in a “mobile” way. Usually done at home during the night when you sleep…

      Comment by anne315 — January 25, 2013 @ 12:12 pm |Reply

  2. You all spoil me! I couldn’t ask for a better 2nd family.

    Comment by Kiersten — January 27, 2013 @ 11:47 am |Reply

  3. Hi there! I just found this blog and I wanted to tell you how awesome it is. I just went through all the tests and found out today that I am approved to be a nondirected kidney donor. So seeing your experiences is so helpful! I am planning on having the surgery this June and am excited (and nervous). Thanks again for this blog!

    Comment by Colleen Glenney — April 4, 2013 @ 5:10 pm |Reply

    • Exactly the reason I started this blog! How wonderful that you are giving the gift of life!

      Comment by anne315 — April 4, 2013 @ 10:36 pm |Reply

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