April is Organ Donor and Tissue Awareness Month. To honor those donors and their families, and the lives they have touched through their generosity, this issue of Transplant Chronicles highlights the personal stories of those who choose to give life and those who have benefited from that second chance.
My Kidney Transplant
By Patsy Blades
Patsy Blades recently celebrated 34 years living with a successful kidney transplant. Read Patsy's inspiring story and how it has changed her outlook on life here.
My Sister's Journey
Linda McMann donated a kidney to her sister Robin. When Robin passed away, a part of Linda did too. But Robin's compassion for others, her love of family and friends, and her courage through adversity provide an example of how life should be lived to its fullest. Click here for Linda's moving tribute to her beloved sister.
Living (Well) With Chronic Rejection
By Jack Fassnacht
Unlike acute rejection which occurs over a period of days or weeks, chronic rejection occurs over a much longer period of time, usually months or years. Read on to discover how one man went on to live a happy and fulfilling life, even after being diagnosed with chronic rejection.
A Donor Family Story
By Lisa Peterson
When the Peterson family was faced with an unspeakable loss, the death of their 32-year-old son and brother, they donated his entire body as a gift of life for others. Click here to see how their selfless act helped so many in need.
Training for the U.S. Transplant Games
By Lora Wilson
Lora Wilson is a 50-year-old living kidney donor, learning how to run in order to compete in the first-ever living donor competitions at the U.S. Transplant Games this summer. Read how training helped Lora discover surprising similarities between living donation and running.
First You Cry When the Transplant is Failing
By Maureen Goldberg
When a kidney transplant fails, it can be a traumatic experience. Click here for some important advice from someone who has been through two renal transplants in 10 years.
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