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My name is Manjinder Singh and I was diagnosed with kidney failure in 2013. The exact disease that I have is known as IgA Nephropathy. I had always lived a simple and clean life, so to have heard from the doctor’s mouth that I have kidney disease was surprising to say the least. My initial response was that of disbelief and quite frankly I thought someone surely must have made a mistake in the diagnosis process. I thought to myself how could someone who has never drank alcohol, smoked, or done any other drugs be hit with kidney failure at age 23. Surely this was a bad dream and I would wake up from it.
Unfortunately this was reality and for the next several years I would live with the idea that I will one day end up on dialysis and need a transplant. That day arrived in June of 2016. I received a call from my nephrologist telling me that I need to go to ER right away. I was in end stage renal failure and would need dialysis to sustain my life. As one can imagine it was a traumatic moment in my life. Here I was sitting in a hospital waiting to be dialyzed for the very first time thinking in my mind that I was supposed to be the one taking care of patients not becoming a patient myself. You see, I had high aspirations of becoming a physician. I had finished my Bachelor’s degree, taken the necessary tests and obtained the proper experience to enable myself to apply for medical school.
Unfortunately it wasn’t meant to be as my condition wouldn’t allow me to handle the ever so demanding coursework of medical school. Though this was a hard pill to swallow, I stayed positive and moved forward. Dialysis became part of my life, in fact it became the reason I have a life. I currently attend Hemo- dialysis three days a week for 3.5 hours each treatment. I have had significant changes to my life ever since I started dialysis. For example, I am always on a fluid restriction, which is absolutely horrible for someone who loved drinking water and juice. Besides controlling fluid intake, I have to always watch what I eat as well. Avoiding foods high in certain nutrients is key to sustaining longevity while on dialysis. Besides the drinking and eating component, your overall lifestyle changes as well. I haven’t been able to work out since starting dialysis, nor do I have the same energy level as before.
Being in kidney failure has not just impacted my life, but it has also drastically impacted the lives of my family members. They have struggled right along with me for that past several years now. My family has left no stone unturned in an effort to find a solution to my problem. My mother in particular has been an angel for me through this process. She takes care of me on a daily basis, and continues to believe that her son will be healthy and thriving very soon. My brother and sister-in-law have done everything possible to help get through this difficult period in my life. My father, who is an exceptionally hardworking individual, makes sure that I stay positive even when things get really difficult. I know my reality now more than ever before. I am in end stage renal failure and I have accepted that truth. My only solution to have a normal life again is to receive a kidney transplant.
I am highly convinced that upon receiving a kidney I will have a completely different outlook on life, in fact I already do. A second chance at life will mean everything to me and my family. A chance to live out my dreams again, a chance to attend medical school and most important a chance to help others in need. My inspiration remains the same as before. I have always sought ways of helping those that are less fortunate. Community service is a huge concept in my religion and it is something that I value very much. If I am given a second chance at life, I will make sure it doesn’t go to waste, but rather I become an example of someone who did the right thing.
If after reading my brief story you feel like having yourself tested to be a potential donor, please contact the following transplant center and/or visit the following link to fill out a kidney donor questionnaire using my DOB of 10/07/1988 and full name of Manjinder Singh. I thank you for reading about my struggle and possibly considering to be a donor.
My Transplant center participates in paired donor exchanges, so any blood type will work, however, blood types A+\- and O+\- are most likely to match.
California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC): 415-600-1700
Thank you for reading and thank you in advance for sharing my story.
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