I am 27 years old and I was diagnosed with kidney failure on September 1, 2011 and began dialysis February 14, 2012.
The cause of it, doctors don't know. What they did tell me was that my kidneys are really tiny. They might not have developed fully. I never thought of myself as having a chronic illness. I was in shock and I quickly learned that I was gonna be on dialysis.
Kidney failure changed my life completely. I was in denial. I will have been on dialysis for 6 years this coming February but this is the first year I'm finally sharing my story with others. I'm trying to be more open about it and I'm actually excited to find a donor.
For the first 4 years I didn't want people to know. I didn't want to make people to feel sorry for me. I just wanted to live a normal life were no one would treat me like I am dying. My husband Eloy Sanchez respected my decision. When we first found out only our families knew, no one else.
My biggest fear is not being able to have a family. I always thought by this age I would at least have one baby. I see all my friends enjoying motherhood, yet I look down and see my arms still empty. It breaks my heart to think that the dream of becoming a mom is far from coming true.
As far as kidney awareness, I want people to be more caring with their bodies. Check up on your health and make sure everything is okay before it is too late. I want people to educate themselves more about kidneys. Many of us know what cancer can do but not a lot of people know how much your kidneys matter to stay alive. Being on dialysis is like being on life support. It's not the most fun part of my day. I sit there dreading if I'm going to be hooked up to this machine for the rest of my life. People need to know that they can save a life by donating one kidney and still live a normal life. So many lives can be saved if everyone knew the importance of donating.
My positive outlook on life comes from all the support and love I have around me. My husband is my angel. He has showed me what true love is. He treats me like a normal person and knows how to take care of me when dialysis days are rough.
Phone Contact (858) 657-7595
Phone Contact (310) 825-6836
Patient Information you may be asked for by the hospital:
Name: Anali Sanchez
Location: Santa Clarita, California
Date of Birth: 02/10/1990
Donor Blood Type Needed: O+
Paired Exchange is an option
Paired Exchange means if you really want to help Anali but you are not a match for her, you can donate to someone else and she will be matched with an appropriate donor. You are basically helping two people in need by donating your kidney into the paired exchange.