Lois Brockey

My sister, Lois Brockey has kidney disease.  Over time, her kidney's have gotten worse causing her kidney's to only function at around 20% or less.  Her treatment options at this point will soon be dialysis or a kidney transplant.  Lois is a mother of 3, and a grandmother to 3!  She has been a nurse for over 35+ years, and has cared for others her entire life.  She is a beautiful soul inside and out and she loves the Lord.  


Finding a kidney for a transplant is not easy.  Just ask the 100,000+ people on the waiting list for a deceased donor kidney.  Some wait for years, many die while waiting.  The average wait time is five years or more for a kidney from a deceased donor.  However, there is another option:  receiving a kidney from a living donor.  
Asking someone to consider donating a kidney is difficult, but it greatly improves my sister's chances of getting a transplant.  A living kidney donation typically lasts longer and has better function. 


A few things to know about being a living donor:
 - You only need one kidney to live a healthy, long life
- Most donor surgery is done laparoscopically, meaning through tiny incisions
- The cost of your evaluation and surgery will be covered by Lois' insurance .  The hospital can give you more info on this
- The recuperation period is usually fairly quick, generally two weeks.  
- You will have a separate team of health professionals to evaluate you as a living donor.  Their job is to help you understand the risks and benefits and look out for YOUR best interests.  
You can learn more about being a live donor on the National Kidney Foundation website:  www.kidney.org/livingdonation.  


Thank you for taking the time to read Lois' story.  If donating a kidney to Lois is something you would like to consider, you can contact the transplant center directly at 605-328-9290.  


Donating a kidney may not be right for everyone, but you can still help - Share Lois story with everyone you may know.  At the very least I want to bring awareness to kidney disease and living donation.  I am hopeful these efforts will help Lois receive a kidney sooner and encourage others to consider helping the many people on the wait list.  
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