It’s My 3-Month Transplantiversary!

National Kidney MonthIt’s been three months since my kidney transplant.  The doctors have just spread out my doctor’s appointments and blood tests – I was getting my labs done every week and seeing the doctor every 2 weeks. Now, the labs are every 2 weeks and I see the doctor every month.  Woo-hoo! Things continue to move in a positive direction.

As my health continues to improve, I am still looking for ways to get the word out about the new focus of this blog. I boosted the last post – it was cool that I heard from some people that I hadn’t been in contact with for years. For all the concerns with Facebook right now, there is one thing that it does very well – connecting you with long-lost friends. They all sent kind words and encouragement – one point for the book of Faces, right?

But more importantly, the month of March is National Kidney Month, and March 8th was World Kidney Day. This year, the theme for World Kidney Day was “Kidneys & Women’s Health: Include, Value, Empower”.   In many ways, women are different so it’s great that there has been more focus on managing chronic kidney disease (CKD) and other kidney diseases in women. Women also tend to donate a kidney more frequently but are less likely to receive transplants . There have been multiple events around the country (and world) providing education about kidney health in a variety of formats, such as lectures and presentations, Congressional dinners, and even cooking classes!

The month’s not over yet – you can check sites like the National Kidney Foundation to look for events in your area.

I am still looking for stories from donors, recipients, and people in need of a transplant (email: akidneyfornikki@gmail.com).  And as I noted in an earlier post, I am also starting a blog about my journey after transplant. It’s called Life: The Reboot  – check it out, join in – we all could use a refresh in our lives!

Remember, more eyes, more exposure for those people who need an organ!

Be inspired – Give Life!

Dominique

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What’s Next?

It’s been 10 weeks since my Kidney Transplant!

I feel good – I’m working on getting my strength back.  It is a slow process, but I can tell I’m moving in the right direction day by day!

Time to look forward…

As I noted in my last post, I have several things I want to do as I reclaim my life. One is to do what I can to help people who were in my situation. I love my Wanted: A Kidney for Nikki blog because it introduced me to many of you who took the time and energy to respond, to write a note, pray for me and my family, or even call in to get more information about being tested as a potential donor.  I’m going to keep the blog but repurpose it a bit…

I want to continue to help get information about organ donation out – by publishing stories from:

  • Other recipients,
  • Donors, and
  • People looking for a donor.

I will also have posts about kidney health and organ donation as well.

It’s important that more people hear about organ donation and how it changes lives. I also want to give people who are looking for a donor one other avenue to get more eyes on their stories.

So, I would like to ask for your help – again – in sharing this post to hopefully start the ball rolling….

Share this post with your friends. I’m going to reach out to some people who mentioned in the comments that they donated or received a transplant, but I could really use your help getting the word out.

I have set up an email account for this purpose: akidneyfornikki@gmail.com

I am so grateful for my new life – hopefully, this blog will be helpful to someone else in starting theirs.

Be Inspired — Give Life!

Dominique