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  •  It's been over a year and a half for me already (2+ / 0-)

    I started dialysis in January 2008. There are many things I would not have been able to do without it. Going to Netroots Nation for the first time, for one; becoming the vice chair of my local Democratic organization, for another; all the political stuff I  did last year around the election, to elect not just President Obama but re-elect our Democratic governor and my favorite state legislator; getting to drive my car in a parade; getting to own a hybrid at all; organizing and participating in single payer rallies; deepening friendships online and off; heck, just spending the past year not feeling super-sick! More time with my beloved. More time with our three dogs and three cats. School! and finally setting out on a path that will permit me to both make a living wage and do community giveback simultaneously. Two extraordinary women volunteering to be tested as kidney donors for me, my Gods. The magnitude of that gift, just the offering of it, staggers me yet.

    We who know with certainty that each day is a gift we would otherwise not have had are fortunate in that knowledge. We have proof within our own lives of the well of compassion that lies within humanity, if only we will permit it to be within our awareness and be used. (It does no good without being used, like a crop which is planted and must be harvested to provide good to any, be they animal or human.)

    Sorry for waxing philosophical here. But for me, the above is truth.

    I hope your student is either on the transplant list or has already received one. If s/he is not yet on the list and is able to receive one (not everyone is, but the majority of people are), I would urge consideration of one. It does take years in many cases to get one, but not always, and the sooner a person starts accruing time on the list, the better. A transplant may not be a cure but it is the closest we're going to be able to get without regrowing our own native kidneys or having them cloned (stem cell research), or having new ones implanted from embryonic stem cell organs from a narrow window of time (would you believe a week? Either side of that week and they're not able to function or will require antirejection drugs.)

    Please give your student my greetings and wishes for continued good health and joy, one student on dialysis to another.

    Living kidney donor needed; type B, O, or incompatible (with paired donation). Drop me a note (see profile).

    by Kitsap River on Mon Aug 24, 2009 at 12:51:43 PM PDT

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    •  Will do! (1+ / 0-)
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      I neglected to mention that he's an adult ed student - and he's 62. He is on the list, sort of - he needs to lose a pile of weight first, then he's good to go.

      He'll get a kick out of this message!

      In 1971, Don McLean wrote about the day the music died. On 17 July 2009, the news died. RIP Walter Cronkite.

      by SciMathGuy on Mon Aug 24, 2009 at 03:22:37 PM PDT

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