Recipient tries to ‘educate about kidney disease’


ON SATURDAY, THE WOMEN’S MARCH WHICH SOME SAY INVOLVED 100,000 PEOPLE REMAINED QUIET WITH NO ARRESTS. DAN: A LOCAL WOMAN IS SPREADING THE AWARENESS OF THE GIFT OF LIFE. JENNIFER: SHE KNOWS FIRSTHAND WHAT AN ORGAN DONATION CAN REALLY MEAN. SHE HAS BEEN LIVING WITH A TRANSPLANT KIDNEY FOR THE LAST SEVEN YEARS — 18 YEARS. AMY: HER KIDNEY TRANSPLANT IS FAILING. SHE NEEDS A NEW ONE TO CONTINUE LIVING AND ACTIVE LIFE. SHE STARTED A WEBSITE TO SHARE HER STORY, SPREAD AWARENESS AND MAYBE EVEN FIND A LIVING DONOR. TO SHARE HER STORY. EVERYONE IS GOING THROUGH A STRUGGLE. EVERYONE HAS SOMEONE — HAS SOMETHING GOING ON IN THEIR LIFE. AMY: SHE FOCUSES INSTEAD ON AWARENESS AND HOPE. AS SHE WAITS FOR A SECOND LIFESAVING GIFT. IT WOULD MEAN THE WORLD TO ME. I CANNOT PUT INTO WORDS HOW THANKFUL I AM FOR THE PERSON WHO ALREADY GAVE ME THEIR LIFE TO ME — GAVE LIFE TO ME THROUGH THEIR KIDNEY. AMY: AT EIGHT YEARS OLD, SHE WAS DIAGNOSED WITH A RARE DISEASE. AS A CHILD, SHE RECEIVED A KIDNEY TRANSPLANT FROM A DECEASED DONOR. IT WAS BECAUSE OF SOMEONE’S CHOICE TO BE AN ORGAN DONOR. I WAS 10 WHEN I HAD MY TRANSPLANT. THAT KID THEY DID NOT START TO FAIL UNTIL 17 YEARS LATER. AMY: DURING THOSE 17 YEARS, SHE GRADUATED FROM HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE, SHE TRAVELED THE WORLD AND NOW WORKS FULL-TIME AT HEADSTART AS A WAY TO GIVE BACK TO THE COMMUNITY. WHEN MY KID HE WAS FUNCTIONING WELL, I FELT GREAT. AMY: NOW, SHE STAYS CLOSE TO HOME. A FAILING KIDNEY BEANS SHE IS OFTEN EXHAUSTED. SHE ALSO USES A DIALYSIS MACHINE EVERY NIGHT AT HOME. AS SHE WAITS AN ESTIMATED TWO TO THREE YEARS FOR ANOTHER KIDNEY. BUT STILL SHE IS DETERMINED TO LIVE LIFE AND EDUCATE OTHERS ABOUT KIDNEY DISEASE. SHE CREATED A WEBSITE TO TELL HER STORY AND ALSO TO LOOK FOR A LIVING DONOR WILLING AND ABLE TO HELP HER THRIVE. SHE HAS A WHOLE SECTION ON HER WEBSITE ABOUT THE KIND OF PERSON THAT MIGHT BE A GOOD MATCH AS A LIVING DONOR. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO LEARN MORE, WE HAVE A LINK TO OUR WEBSITE. DAN: SUCH AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE. ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU SIGN UP FOR YOUR DRIVERS LICENSE, YOU CAN SIGN UP TO BE AN ORGAN DONOR. WE LEARN ABOUT A LOT OF OUR STORIES FROM VIEWERS LIKE YOU. IF YOU HAVE A NEWS TIP, WE WANT TO LEARN ABOUT IT.

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