Paula Rockett

First post: Nov 13, 2020 Latest post: Jan 7, 2021
I have type O blood and I am seeking a kidney donor. All expenses for a donor are covered. For more information, contact me, Paula Anastasio Rockett on Messenger or OR Bethany Stanbro Pique on Messenger or Please put “Kidney” in the subject line.

My Kidney Story (Written October 2017)
Most of the time it’s hard to tell what’s going on inside someone’s body just by looking at them.  In my case, my kidneys are failing.  I was diagnosed in May of 2016 with End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD). In other words, I will not get better without a kidney transplant. Unfortunately, if I wait passively, the waiting list is 5+ years long. My transplant doctor says I need a kidney ASAP. Fortunately, living kidney donation is the best option for me. Most people are not aware of the donation process. Transplant surgeons say live donations are even better than a non-living, but most people don’t know you can live a quality life with one kidney.  My plan is to do my best to educate everyone I can.
Last year, I was still feeling well, and seemed to be managing the anemia which goes along with failing kidneys.  Anemia means that there are not sufficient red blood cells to make enough oxygen to the brain.  Thus, I have brain fog, forgetfulness, confusion, unsteadiness, and fatigue.  I take injections for the anemia, but right now, they seem to only provide a small amount of help.  This has caused me much distress, because I don’t feel like myself.  I feel like the old me is on the outside looking in at the sick me.  This is not going to get better, only worse. That is, without a transplant.

If you or anyone you know would like more information about kidney donation, I would be happy to provide it.