“Thank You” to My Donor

Recycle Life braceletI don’t know who you are. I don’t know anything about you, except for one thing:

Someone made the decision that you would become an organ donor when you died. Maybe you ticked the box on your permit or driver’s license (assuming you were old enough), selecting organ donation. Maybe you talked to your family.┬áMaybe your parents made the decision.

You could have been young or old, male or female. You could have been any religion (just about all religions support organ donation) or no religion. You may or may not have been sick yourself (the only thing I know for sure is that you did not have kidney disease).

I don’t know what convinced you and your family to make what has to be one of the hardest┬ádecisions there is. Perhaps, like my family, you are related to someone who needs an organ. Perhaps you know someone who is sick. Perhaps you have the “Good Samaritan” gene. Perhaps you saw all the videos and signs at the Massachusetts RMV. Or perhaps you believe in “recycle life”.

You saved a lot of people by making that choice. Two people (one of them me) got a new kidney. One person got a new liver. Other people might have gotten a new heart or lungs (or both). The doctors might have also been able to use your pancreas, intestines, corneas, middle ear, skin, bone, veins, cartilage, tendons, and ligaments.

Because of you, I am no longer sick. My skin now has normal tone. While I’m achy from my surgery, I feel better than I have in years. I have more energy. I’m sleeping less. I’m no longer anemic.

And I no longer have chronic kidney disease.

Because of you, I am no longer one of the 123,000 waiting list candidates (78,000 active) on the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network. I’m now a statistic to them…another tick in the box under “kidneys transplanted”.

I am so sorry that your family grieves while I live. But I thank you for your generosity. And so do my family and friends.

One Comments

  1. Count me among the grateful friends of Char. I am grateful to the donor, the family, and to you Char for writing about it from the heart (and the new kidney). I am weeping at the poignancy and smiling to hear your progress…onward, dear friend! Love love love

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