Journal entry by Cheryl Pierce

Sean is now 6 weeks post-op and is healing well and settling into his new routine and diet. It hasn't been easy, but he's a rock star!

Today he has another procedure as we start the process of transitioning to peritoneal dialysis. This is the type of dialysis that is done at home, at night. There are numerous benefits to this change. Not only the convenience of home, but because it's every night, he won't have the drastic ups and downs of toxin and fluid buildup, thus relaxed dietary restrictions; and there is less chance of infection compared to the permacath that he needs for regular dialysis. Today the peritoneal dialysis (PD) catheter will be surgically placed in his abdomen. After two weeks of healing, he and his wife Natalie will go through a two week training program. Once he is solidly on PD, the permacath will be removed.

In the "best news ever" department, he received a call from the surgeon at Stanford regarding the pathology report on the kidney tumor. The tumor was fully contained within the kidney and below the size parameter that they were hoping for. The second tumor turned out to not be a tumor at all, but a clump of blood cells that may or may not have been a pre-tumor. Because of this report and how well he's doing, the wait for a new transplant has been reduced. Instead of 2-5 years, we are looking at doing it THIS fall! We have an appointment to meet with the head of the transplant department at Stanford on April 13th to begin the process. Cheryl (Sean's mom) is the primary donor candidate. Although she was a good match 27 years ago, new testing will be done as that can change. Sean's twin sister Amy will also be tested.

We are all very excited at the prospect of having this journey completed by the end of the year. Please pray for that to happen and for Sean and Natalie to have the strength and stamina they will need to see it through.

Thank you for your love and prayers! We'll let you know how he does today.
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