Category: Transplantation

“My daughter was close to kidney failure, and when I heard that, she didn’t have to ask me, I told her that I would donate a kidney.”

My biggest fear before donating was that they would take the kidney and put it into my daughter’s body, and then it wouldn’t work. I was never nervous about the actual surgery or the recovery afterwards

A Therapist Who Works With Chronic Illness & A Patient Too: My Transplant Journey

I am a Marriage and Family Therapist associate in California, and I work with teens, young adults, and career professionals who are working through issues surrounding anxiety, depression, self-esteem, personal development, and relationship issues. But my true call to action is the work I do with those living with chronic illness.

Opt Out

On Wednesday 20th May 2020 the law around organ donation is changing to an opt out system in England. This basically means that all adults will now automatically be put on the list to be an organ donor.

Hannah’s Story: Heart Failure and Sepsis at Age 28, ‘It’s HER heart that keeps me alive’

I was completely healthy and unaware of what it was like to live with any sort of illness. I was the annoying person who had never been prescribed antibiotics, never went to to the doctor, and never needed any days off from work. I wasn’t sick. Ever.

Adjusting to Loneliness During the COVID-19 Pandemic

This morning, as I woke up to a grey sky with rain hanging in the air, just waiting to fall, I felt down. I am often affected by weather, the long winters in Sweden were definitely not good for me, darkness scares me and makes me feel cold and vulnerable.

My 10 Year Pancreas Transplant Anniversary: A Thank You Letter to the Family who Decided to Offer Their Daughter’s Pancreas

Jan 2, 2010 was the day of my pancreas transplant. This means I have been insulin independent …

Jan 2, 2016: My 6 Year Pancreas Transplant Anniversary

Exactly 6 years ago, in the early morning of January 2, 2010, I was on the operating …

Live Kidney Donation and Life Insurance

In June 2015, my Home and Auto insurance provider, AMICA of Rhode Island, sent me a letter …

The Donor’s Perspective

On March 12, 2009, at the Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital in New York, Dr. Rodrigo Sandoval extracted a kidney …

In honor of my friend, Denise Higgins: “Being cured by a pancreas transplant isn’t as simple as one would think”

In January of 2009, I was diagnosed with end stage kidney failure, after almost exactly 20 years …