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Jun 28, 2018 Latest post:
Sep 7, 2018
Welcome to my CaringBridge website. The purpose of this site is to keep family, friends, and interested people updated during my search for a living kidney donor and transplant. I appreciate your prayers, support, and words of hope and encouragement. Thank you for visiting!
IF YOU DECIDE TO BE TESTED AS A POTENTIAL DONOR MY INSURANCE WILL REIMBURSE YOUR TRAVEL, LODGING, AND FOOD FOR THE EVALUATION AND SURGERY. UNFORTUNATELY YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO BE EVALUATED ANONYMOUSLY BECAUSE I NEED TO KNOW YOU ARE BEING EVALUATED BEFORE YOU TRAVEL TO THE MAYO CLINIC SO THE NECESSARY PAPERWORK CAN BE COMPLETED. PLEASE CONTACT ME FOR DETAILS.
I am a daughter, mother, and wife with PKD (polycystic kidney disease), a genetic disorder that has caused my kidneys to fail. I'm thankful for a two-year drug trial through Mayo Clinic that has given me a little extra time but I am now in need of a kidney transplant. I am on the deceased donor waitlist (with 100,000 others in the USA), but my best option for a successful outcome is to have a transplant from a living donor before needing dialysis. All my family members have PKD, have already donated, or have health issues that do not allow them to be a donor. Mayo has accepted me as a transplant candidate which leads me to what the kidney community refers to as "The Big Ask."
Would you consider being a kidney donor? While any healthy person can safely donate a kidney, I know it's not for everyone. For one who can, it's a selfless, life saving act. Because I'm enrolled in a paired kidney exchange program, a kidney donated on my behalf doesn't have to be a match for me.
This site is to provide information about living kidney donation, kidney transplants, dialysis, PKD, and my story. It would mean so much if you would take the time to learn something new and consider how you might be able to help. If donating a kidney is not for you, I would appreciate if you would help me to spread the word.
You can also learn more about me by following me on Instagram @lynncamino.