23 year old Jennifer was diagnosed with kidney disease 6 years ago.
I'm weaker but strong. It's depressing but it helps me push to better my life. It allows me to motivate people and let them know that even when life throws curve balls, you can still move forward.
My biggest fear is waiting too long for a kidney or not being able to keep a new kidney. Being on medication for life as well.
I want people to understand that you can still live a normal life while on dialysis. We are not all fragile people. We are normal. Sure it hurts sometimes, but we live and deal with it.
I lost my mom, my brother, and my grandma all in 2015. I live my life for them since they couldn't live longer. I always think, it could be worse. So I'm thankful for what I do have.
"It could be worse, before a rainbow.. comes a hurricane"
Luckily my husband is here for me. After losing my mom and my brother, I thought life was over, because right after I had hit stage 5 kidney failure. Everyone needs that support. I thought being on dialysis was the worst thing ever but now it's a part of me and I don't really pay much attention. I've lost friends because they thought I was lying about my disease because I didn't "look sick". I have people constantly feeling sorry for me but that's not what I crave, I don't need sympathy. I just share my story so people know what I've gone through and how I cope with it.
How you can help:
contact the living donor coordinator for information
Name: Jennifer Foronda
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Date of Birth: 06/13/1994
Donor Blood Type Needed: A or O, but paired exchange is an option. That means if you are not a match for Jennifer you can still donate to someone else in need in order to help find her a kidney donor match. You would essentially be helping two people in need.
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Jennifer lost her mom and brother in 2015. Her husband has been there for her during difficult times.