What are the most important things about my life that I miss the most?
First and foremost being healthy, as it directly relates to everything I hold dearest to my heart. Without my health, I will miss important milestones in my grandson’s life, new adventures with my spouse, mother/daughter time with my stepdaughter and quality time with my family and friends. As a long-term care worker, I cherish the joy and time with the residents and my co-workers. I have recently had to stop working due to my illness but I can’t wait to get back to work and see all the faces whom I have come to think of as family.
I miss being able to do everyday tasks without chronic exhaustion and pain. Simple contentments such as house cleaning, laundry, cooking and baking, doing dishes have become so much harder as each day passes. Every part of my life has been touched by my health, it has affected my energy levels, mobility and my relationships with the most important people in my life.
My name is Julie. I’m 53 years old. I'm a spouse, mother, stepmother, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt and friend. In January 2012, during a routine physical, I was diagnosed with IgA nephropathy. I have lived with this for 11 years and my kidneys are functioning at only 15%. I am in Stage 4 renal failure.
As a proud woman, I have never been one to ask for help, but I am asking now. Would you consider being a living donor?
Please contact me directly and thank you for reading my story.
Blood Type: A+
Currently in active transplant status looking for a donor.
Reason for kidney failure: IgA nephropathy
Current kidney function: Active transplant status looking for a donor