Kidney transplant from a deceased donor on February 2, 2017 at University of New Mexico Hospital.
I was diagnosed with kidney failure October of 2014, but I have been living with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) since the age of 15 when it was first noticed by doctors. The reason was high blood pressure which got worse over the period of living with CKD.
Having kidney failure effected me in many different ways. High blood pressure greatly impacted my life. I was always super tired, lost my drive and lost my motivation as my CKD got worse. So I got into mountain biking which greatly improved my life. I had to stay active to keep this disease from completely taking over. I was determined to win no matter the outcome!!
After receiving my transplant, I got a ton more energy and I am a lot calmer. I deal with stress in life way different. I can live life not worrying all of the time. I can eat differently and don’t have protein limitations. I have gained more muscle strength. Riding my mountain bike is completely different because I have less fatigue and more energy so I can ride longer.
At first getting a transplant can very stressful because there are a lot of medications, but it gets better over time. Do exactly what the doctors and your team say to do and listen to your dietitian!! Continue on track with the renal diet and don’t steer too far away from it. Everybody has bad habits but don’t fall back on them. EAT WELL even after transplant!!
Download Transplant Hero app to help you stay on track with medications!! Excellent app!
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Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico