Hiya! Thanks for stopping for a peak at my journey.
My overdeveloped sense of humor has been my survival gear throughout this medical mayhem. Prior to kidney failure, I might try to filter my humorous anecdotes or quiet my loud laughter. I’ve spent many years learning to laugh at myself, and I’m proud to say I’ve come close to mastering this art.
While the two adult stem cell treatments that I had were helpful and led to partial recovery of more kidney function, a serious septicemia infection almost took my life in December of 2013. More damage was caused to my kidneys, and I lost all the ground I gained from the treatments.
My current focus in on getting a kidney transplant, and I’m reaching for the golden ring: a Living Donor. My hope is to find a Living Donor and participate in a clinical study involving transplant with stem cells. I’m approaching it all with optimism, and new ways to achieve my goal and educate others about the advancements in being a Kidney Donor.
To follow and help me along, check out the tab for fundraising, and my public page on Facebook: “Jennifer’s Story”.
Hospital Tidbits: “You will be weighed, you will be measured.” That plastic thing you put under the toilet seat, to collect and measure your urine output, is called a “hat”. Yes, you can take it home as a souvenier of your hospital staycation. People come in all shapes and sizes, but hospital gowns don’t. Now I truly understand where the term “prick” comes from. Where else can you stay, that you’ll be watched over when you sleep, receive room service, get help finding things you’ve misplaced, have an inside look at what makes you tick, enjoy an endless supply of pre-warmed blankets, and be escorted out with most of your bill paid by someone else?
I feel blessed to have a chance to share my journey with you. Thank you for your prayers, love, healing thoughts, and support!
Life is like a rollercoaster ride. Full of twists & turns.