William W

William W

My life was typical and fortunate. I loved my job as a social work professor at a college. I'm fortunate to have a loving and supportive family and lots of friends around me. I like to go on hikes, read, play board games, and spend time with those whom I love—nothing extraordinary—yet wonderful in its ordinariness.

I'm an only child. My mother, who raised me as a single mom, was hospitalized at the same time I was diagnosed with antiphospholipid (AN-te-fos-fo-LIP-id) syndrome. I knew she might not survive this world because she was 84 years old and in poor health. I oversaw my mother's healthcare while battling my health issues. She passed away in November 2022. My health deteriorated further.​ On top of home duties, I saw my wife taking care of my emotional needs as well as the needs of our children.

For my family and me, it has been a physically and emotionally terrible experience. I'm still having problems with my health. While dialysis keeps me alive, it has been hard on my body. I try to keep a cheerful attitude for my family and myself. I'm also grateful for every additional day I spend with them. Don't bemoan the commonplace. I long for the days when everything was wonderful in its ordinariness.


Toronto, Ontario

Age: 55

Blood Type: O positive

Currently in active transplant status looking for a donor.

Reason for kidney failure: Since I was a teenager, I've had kidney disease. However, my renal function decreased dramatically in late 2022. I was diagnosed with antiphospholipid (AN-te-fos-fo-LIP-id) syndrome. This occurs when the immune system unintentionally produces antibodies that target bodily tissues like the kidneys. Blood clots may develop in arteries and veins as a result of these antibodies.

Current kidney function: Peritoneal Dialysis