I was diagnosed with kidney disease at 12 caused by a genetic condition, Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis (FSGS). By age 23 I was diagnosed with kidney failure. By the time I actually made it to the hospital, doctors told me I was 2 days away from certain death. I have tried to live a normal life for the last 20 years while on dialysis. I am ready to get back to living. The average life span for dialysis patients is 5 years. I have surpassed that 4 times over. Now I am ready to be healthy again. I need an altruistic kidney donor to make that dream come true.
I never got to do normal things healthy people do, like travel, have children, or just have freedom to be me in general. Always tied to a machine to live, there is no vacation from being on dialysis. Even when you are not receiving treatment you feel side effects. I'm always tired and lacking energy. It is also hard on me mentally and emotionally. 20 years is a long time to be carrying the weight of dialysis. It has affected my family deeply also. I have had many surgeries, including open heart surgery. My family has been there to support me and watch me go through it all. I have come close to death many times.....my family just wants me to live a healthy life too.
My biggest fear living with kidney failure is dying without achieving the dreams and goals I have for my life. I fear dying young.
I want people to understand a life on dialysis, makes it a hard life to live everyday 24/7. There is never a day off. Life on dialysis is unpredictable and lonely. Only other kidney patients can empathize with each other.
I try to maintain a positive outlook on life. My family and other patients help me with that. The doctors and nurses that take care of me like I am family. Plus I have a job, which is a good outlet for my stress.
A quote that helps me get through the tough days is "This too shall pass. Peace be still." I know that I am blessed to still be alive and still be mostly healthy.
I am ready to move on with my life now. I am ready for my transplant.
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