Ask the Doctor
Questions about kidney disease? Risk factors? Signs and symptoms? Are you concerned about yourself, a friend or family member? Ask Dr. Spry.
By Jack Fassnacht, kidney transplant recipient; Past Chair - NKF transAction Council Executive Committee
A basic problem with the present system for allocating deceased donor (DD) kidneys is the persistent shortage of kidneys from donors. As a result, waiting times for a DD kidney can last years. Recently, the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) and the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) published for public comment a document that describes possible revisions to the kidney allocation system. Learn more about these potential changes here.
By Jack Fassnacht, kidney transplant recipient; Past Chair – NKF transAction Council Executive Committee
Many people are concerned that the new kidney allocation system, if adopted, would discriminate against older transplant candidates. But here are four reasons not to worry if you are an older candidate on the kidney transplant waiting list, and perhaps even to be encouraged.
By Doug Penrod, RN, Transplant Nurse Coordinator
The revised kidney allocation concept document recently released has created discussion about the potential effects on living donation (LD). It does not appear the kidney allocation system concept, as currently presented, would have any significant impact on LD transplantation. What is more concerning is the lack of sustained growth in DD transplants and the decline in LD transplants. Click here for more on the impact of a new kidney allocation system on live donation.
By Jack Silverstein
Life–long diabetes took its toll on Jack Silverstein. He lost his eyesight, was confined to a wheelchair, and lost his kidney function. But after a successful kidney/pancreas/bone marrow transplant, Jack regained his sight and was eventually able to walk. He took up golf to improve his strength and balance–and discovered a second chance at life. Read Jack’s inspiring true story here.
by Lora Wilson
Many potential living donors perceive travel costs to be an insurmountable obstacle on their path toward donation. In an attempt to bridge the distance between donor and recipient, the National Living Donor Assistance Center (NLDAC) offers needs–based travel grants. NLDAC grants can transform roadblocks into gateways of opportunity for those that qualify. Click here for more information on this life–saving program.
Have you been thinking about your deceased or living donor and the gift of love, gift of life?
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By Danielle Peabody, LICSW and Janelle Gonyea, RD, LD
Waiting for your organ transplant can be a daunting and trying time. Your health may be declining and your life may feel like it’s been put on hold. While you are waiting, there are things you can do to stay as healthy as possible and prepare yourself for the big day. For important tips on how to help yourself physically, mentally and spiritually click here.
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