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.