Hi everyone! At 36, I need a kidney transplant to live, but also to start building my family. My kidney function is now at 12%. Today, I share my story with you, in the hopes of finding the person who will be able to help me and my family.
I learned at 15 that I had Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD), an inherited disease where cysts grow in the kidneys until they have torn them so much that they can no longer filter the blood, causing kidney failure. There is no cure for it and the only treatments are dialysis or transplantation, which have severe impacts on the patient's life.
At 33 years old, we discovered that my kidney function was at 30%. That is where my life changed. This diagnosis came with a prohibition to procreate before a kidney transplant. The family project that my partner and I dreamed of turned into a hurried egg retrieval operation. We hope that one day, after I receive a transplant, we will be able to start our family.
I have been off work for almost two years until a possible transplant. In the meantime, I am constantly sick to my stomach, very tired and I have frequent episodes of brain fog.
There is no one around me who can give me a kidney. I have been on the cadaveric donor waiting list since October 2021. I can't wait to go back to a normal life, and I hope that you'll consider me for a living organ donation! ♥
To find out more reach out to me or Living donor coordinator, Maisonneuve-Rosemont Hospital, 514-252-3400 X1275. See more at pkdwarrior.com
Blood Type: O+
Reason for kidney failure: Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD)
Current kidney function: 12%