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My Story

Hi everyone! My name is Jane Ann.

I have been diagnosed with End Stage Kidney Disease and have been on dialysis for over 5 years. Being on dialysis is like having a part-time job. I go to the dialysis center three times a week for up to 5 hours each time while my blood is cleansed and fluid build up is drained. The pain of placing needles in my arm is very uncomfortable and something to which I never get accustomed; I constantly fear the treatment will stop working for me. After treatments I am too weak to drive, so my family has to take me to and from dialysis.Being tied to a dialysis center prevents me from traveling to see my family, hold a part time job, keep up with my grandchildren, do basic housework and participate in exercise programs.

When I receive a live donor kidney transplant, I will be able to live my life again. One of my goals for my life after transplant is to serve as an advocate for people needing a transplant by speaking to various churches and support groups about ways they can help people in need of transplants. Specifically, I want to volunteer at my local dialysis center counseling people dependent on this intervention to keep living.

I have been waiting to receive a kidney since 2013. My family and I are reaching out to the community to recruit potential opportunities for living kidney donations. Living kidney donors are healthy people between the age of 18-60 who are free from kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer and heart disease. Many people who choose to donate a kidney do so because they want to help others.

If you would like more information about how you can help me and others through living kidney donation, please apply at www.livingdonordallas.org or call Carrie at 214-820-GIFT (4438).Please share this post with your Facebook friends. Thank you in advance for making a difference in someone else’s life.