Lynn Nelson Lynn's Team Kidney

First post: Nov 15, 2016 Latest post: Nov 17, 2016
This is a post I never thought I’d be writing in my lifetime, but here I am.  I have been diagnosed with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) Stage 4.  My kidneys are functioning at about 15% . This is not something that happened over night, in fact it has been in the works since I was born. There is nothing I did to myself to cause this. I have worked my entire life to keep my body strong and in good condition, but now I need your help. Those of you who know me best know what fighter I am when it comes to my health. I beat kidney cancer 13 yrs ago and now I am out to beat kidney disease. I still have so much to do, no time to slow down.

There are 26 million Americans who suffer from kidney disease. I am 1 of 123,000 people in the US who are currently in need of a kidney. I am on the kidney transplant waiting list, but it’s far more beneficial for me to pursue a living kidney donor. Here are just a few of the reasons I considered when making my decision to search for a live donor:  
     The wait for a deceased donor kidney is over 5 - 7 years.  
     Kidneys donated from living donors offer better outcomes and a life-saving alternative to a long, uncertain wait

What can you do to help?:
             Share my story with your friends, colleagues and family. My donor is out there somewhere.
             Learn how you can help by visiting this website  (
            Consider being a donor (
            Take care of your kidneys through regular check-ups with your doctor.

No pity party for me please.  I am very ready to win this battle. I have a few goals to help me out while I wait. So here they are:
     Continue to work full-time (I love  my job!!)
     Stay off kidney dialysis - eat right, exercise,lose weight and stay healthy
     Find a living kidney donor
     Continue to live life to it’s fullest
     Become a centenarian with a donor kidney - Living to 100 has always been a goal.

Thank you for reading my story.
Lynn Nelson   05-26-62   A  or O
University of Minnesota Transplant Center

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