Adventures of a Kidney Donor

August 11, 2014

Three Years in the One Kidney Club

Filed under: Kidney Donation — by anne315 @ 8:33 pm
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kidneycakepops12Happy 3rd anniversary to the recipient and me!  August 12 marks three years since the kidney I used to have went to someone else out there.  I celebrated with my good friend Jackie and her husband Doug and my godson Justin. They took me out for dim sum and Jackie even made me a cake!

I always think of the recipient on this day and hope he is having a great dialysis free life and doing the things he has always wanted to do. Maybe he has a party or just enjoys another day dialysis free.

So many lives are touched by kidney disease and donation. I have several kidney heroes in my life. My dear friend Jackie of course. Three people who work with me:  Kiersten received a kidney from her friend Theresa, Larissa gave a kidney to her father, and Jon’s daughter Bridget received a kidney from her mom Amy.

I hear from people all over the world who have donated a kidney or are waiting for a kidney. I am grateful if this blog helps them in a small way. For those waiting, never give up hope!

What can you do for those waiting? My best anniversary present would be that everyone reading this sign up to be an organ donor if they haven’t done so already. Make sure your family and friends are registered. You CAN make a difference!

Join the Michigan Registry or Join the Registry in your state.

Go to List of Resources on Kidney Donation


  1. Happy Anniversary! What a great gift to friends and family
    of the recipient. I hope that person is loved as much as you

    Comment by mkw — August 12, 2014 @ 7:17 am |Reply

  2. Happy happy 3rd anniversary to YOU, Annie Roo! T

    Comment by Tina Andrews — August 12, 2014 @ 9:57 am |Reply

  3. Happy anniversary and congrats to both you and your recipient! My recipient and I just (separately) had a 1 year anniversary. What I love is hearing about his adventures now… adventures he could not have without my ex-kidney (now his) working well in him. I am excited for him because I know that there are many more adventures he will yet have. I am thrilled that the kidney that once served me so well now serves him equally well. Yet there was never a second where I thought it wouldn’t. I know that one day we too will celebrate year three (and oh so many more of his adventures between now and then). That is living… for both my recipient and for myself. I am sure you feel the same!

    Comment by Karen — August 14, 2014 @ 9:26 pm |Reply

  4. Hi! Just found this blog. I donated my left kidney 26th of february this year, to a friend. Thats one of the best things I have ever done!
    Wishing you the best!
    Åsa from Sweden

    Comment by Åsa — August 17, 2014 @ 5:04 pm |Reply

    • Congrats on your donation!

      Comment by anne315 — August 17, 2014 @ 6:20 pm |Reply

      • Thank you<3

        Comment by Åsa — August 18, 2014 @ 5:59 am

    • Hi I am getting ready to donate one of my kidneys to my sister. Do you have any advice for me as far as food and activities are concerned after the donation please? I am in the South Bay, any advice on what association / club to join would be greatly appreciated.
      (I am scare…..but I need to do this for my sister….this would be her 2nd transplant….)

      Thank you so much.

      Comment by Ally — May 3, 2018 @ 1:15 am |Reply

      • I would contact the Kidney foundation in your state, they can get you to local resources. Always consult with a medical professional, but basically as a donor, it is recommended that you stick to a heart healthy diet like everyone else. There are no special dietary restrictions. Most doctors will tell you to resume your normal activities when you recover fully from surgery. Some doctors do not recommend heavy contact or dangerous sports that could damage your remaining kidney, but again, I would ask a physician. Some fear is normal, but it will be OK. Congratulations on the wonderful gift of life that you are giving to your sister.

        Comment by anne315 — May 3, 2018 @ 9:28 pm

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