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On Mother’s Day, May 1990, my life became much better because of the generous gift of an organ from a donor family.
Kidney failure had been gradually destroying my health and curtailing my activities. I was on dialysis but I still felt unwell. It became an effort to get through the day. I had trouble getting up in the morning to go to work and just collapsed when I came home at night. If dinner wasn’t ready when I got in the door, then I might not have the strength to get up in a few minutes to eat. Also, I had to be careful what I ate and how much water I drank. Our family life revolved around doctor appointments and getting on dialysis daily.
In May 1990, I received a donated kidney. This gave me a new lease on life and the ability to return to a more normal lifestyle. In a few months I returned to work and could enjoy life again.
A social life returned, with travel and visits to Denver to visit our son. I am now able to enjoy my grandchildren.
I returned to volunteering with several organizations in the community. The Kidney Foundation and Organ Donation are two very important groups in my life. It is a pleasure to be able to help others in our community.
I am able to be active and involved in my activities due to the fact that I received a transplant.