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  •  Good luck!! (16+ / 0-)

    With my blood type (B), I was told to expect at least a six-year wait.

    That's for a B kidney, though. I'm registered with the Alliance for Paired Donation; if someone with a type A kidney were to volunteer to donate to me, and would donate even if I were not the person to actually be able to receive his or her kidney, they'd pair us up with another similar pair of folks, whose donor was compatible with me.

    Say Person A wants to donate to me but is a type A. Meanwhile, Person C has a donor with blood type B (let's call her Person B), but Person C needs a type A. We'd all get together at the same hospital, and Person B's kidney would go into me, while Person A's kidney would go into Person C. Voila, two more people off dialysis!

    Guess I need to change my .sig.

    Want to be a living kidney donor? I need one from someone with a bloodtype of B or O. Drop a note at

    by Kitsap River on Thu Jun 11, 2009 at 06:37:00 AM PDT

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    •  I hope your post (12+ / 0-)

      today will make our community think about being a living kidney donor for Kitsap River, or for the Paired Donation. I would, but I've already donated my left kidney to my hubbie, six years now.

      It really was, and has been insignificant for me, but having my hubbie be well, and see his first and only grandchild is teh awesome. DONATE! Help free our friend here from her tether.

      I've been thinkng about you, {{{KR}}}, please stay positive.

      They tortured people to get false confessions to fraudulently justify our invading Iraq.

      by imabluemerkin on Thu Jun 11, 2009 at 07:49:55 AM PDT

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      •  Also to FLRealist who posted above. Here (4+ / 0-)

        is a copy of FLRealist's post.

        I'm on home hemo now...
        My kidneys failed in August 2007 due to Goodpasture's Syndrome. It's a very rare autoimmune disease that attacks the lungs and kidneys.

        I was at a center for over a year, then we started the training for home hemo in February. It's wonderful how freeing home hemo is compared to in-center.

        Good luck with your treatment and with receiving a transplant. I've been on the list 8 months now - they tell me with my blood type my wait should be an average of 1 year, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

        "As we must account for every idle word, so must we account for every idle silence." Benjamin Franklin

        by FLRealist on Thu Jun 11, 2009 at 08:56:47 AM EDT

        When we seek to discover the best in others, we somehow bring out the best in ourselves. William A. Ward

        by Amber6541 on Thu Jun 11, 2009 at 09:26:55 AM PDT

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        •  in a perfect world... (6+ / 0-)

          There would be someone in FLR's life willing to pair up with someone for Kitsap River's kidney need.

          I'm O+ (I just checked) and healthy (okay, overweight a bit with high cholesterol and a little crazy....), if that helps. I am trying to get the courage to call the number you posted, River. I've wanted to do a stranger donation for years now but keep getting talked out of it by my friends.

          I'll pray on this today -- maybe call this pm.
          Blessings to you in the meantime,

          "I wish I could show you, when you are lonely or in darkness, the astonishing Light of your own Being." --Hafiz

          by mskate on Thu Jun 11, 2009 at 09:34:14 AM PDT

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