When someone said yes, allowing their loved one’s organs to be donated, it did not mean I was going to survive, no it meant I was going to live again.
Today I celebrate my re-birth (transplant day) but I am also thinking about those waiting for a transplant.
Living on dialysis is something I did, I had no choice. I lived doing peritoneal dialysis until I got an infection and nearly died. I did four exchanges a day, even when I went to work, every day, even Christmas. Four times daily, and each and every time I hated it, but it gave me another day to hope for the call.
Then I did hemodialysis three times a week for 5 hours, better but worse because I had to be so careful about fluid intake.
July 6, 1987 – I got the call, they had a kidney for me. Hopeful, excited, nervous I arrived at the hospital. They shaved me chest to knees, and painted me with something to help prevent infection during surgery. Midnight they wheeled me into the operating room, a team all masked waiting for my arrival. I prayed with my surgeon for success.
My life was all possible because someone took 2 minutes one day to become an organ donor. Two minutes to give me and likely others as well more than survival, a chance at living again.
The donor did give more to me than survival. Freedom from dialysis, energy, freedom from depression, freedom from anxiety, ability to enjoy my family, ability to travel, and so much more.
Every day in Canada 14, yes 14 people get the news that their kidneys are failing and they need to go on dialysis. Those people are added to others, who are waiting, hoping to live to be a recipient. Years waiting on dialysis, sometimes dying while waiting.
Please, please don’t wait until one of your loved ones are on a list to become an organ donor, or even worse until you are on one.
The way the odds are, you are more likely to need an organ than to donate one. Would you want your loved one’s on a list, waiting for years?
Help someone else live again, stop their survival and give them a life.
Less than two minutes – it’s the right thing to do – register now to be an organ donor, and tell your family. If you live in BC, do it by clicking here.