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BILL GRIFFITH'S HEALTH
Nov 16, 2017 Latest post:
Nov 28, 2017
KIDNEY FAILURE JOURNEY:
I am asking you to pray for me. I have currently been diagnosed in end stage kidney failure and very near having to start dialysis. With a 14% kidney function I have already had a port installed to prepare myself for dialysis. I could really use your prayers. I am hoping to be able to get a kidney transplant to survive without daily dialysis. I must start dialysis , however, when my kidney function reaches 10%.
I have been referred to the UT Erlanger Kidney Transplant Center in Chattanooga, TN. I am awaiting orientation and testing to be accepted as a potential kidney transplant recipient.
This can be a lengthy, costly process. Being placed on a waiting list for a viable kidney can take up to five years on average. My best option is to be able to secure a living donor who is a match for the kidney I need.
My life verse is Jeremiah 29:11. I know God has a plan for my life. That plan is not to harm me but to allow me to prosper and have hope and a future.
In addition to end stage kidney failure, I have also been diagnosed with an Interstitial lung disease, pulmonary fibrosis, compromised immune system, neuromuscular disease, diabetic retinopathy and peripheral neuropathy. A major concern is that I can physically handle being intubated, placed on life support and use general anesthesia and survive kidney transplant surgery with my lung and pulmonary problems.
I am asking for you to pray for these four things for me.
1 - Clear medical tests of my pulmonary system, 2 - Be accepted in the UT Erlanger Transplant Ctr 3 - Find a compatible, living donor, 4 - Avoid dialysis until the transplant takes place.
I have had the most awesome privilege to serve this community as the Associate Pastor of First Baptist Church, Cleveland, TN. During this time I served as Chaplain with the Bradley County Sheriff's Office, Cleveland Police Department, Cleveland Fire Department, Bradley County Fire- Rescue, Bradley County EMS, Bradley County EMA and the 911 Center. I also served as Chief Deputy, Bradley County Sheriff's Office. It was a privilege to serve alongside the finest first responders in our nation.
If you would be willing to be tested in the future to be a possible kidney donor would you private message me. I would be eternally grateful.
Now, I ask you to walk alongside me and my family in this process of becoming a successful kidney transplant patient. Thank you again for praying for my requests. I will keep you advised of my progress.