Since I was young, I have always known this: Life damages us, every one. We can’t escape that damage. But now, I am also learning this: We can be mended. We mend each other. That's why I am so exceptionally thankful for those who have not only donated but, more importantly, those that have made such a massive impact on my Michael's life and my life with him. Those that have known him longer than I have (for any length of time really), those that love and care for him know what an amazing, beautiful, and perfect (to and for me) creature God made when he made Michael Grant. I can not imagine life without him. Thank you again for those who love, care and are there for him. You have no idea how much it means to him and to me. Please do not forget to share this link everyday (if not more), donate (if you can) and continue being a wonderful and giving friend to us. We love each and every one of you :)
“Pain is a byproduct of life. That’s the truth. Life sometimes sucks. That’s true for everyone. But if you don’t face the pain and the suck, you don’t ever get the other things either. Laughter. Joy. Love. Pain passes, but those things are worth fighting for. Worth dying for.” -Jim Butcher-
"Every strike brings me closer to the next home run"
Babe Ruth had the right attitude. Positivity, Hope, Optimism, Endurance, Strength, and Faith is what keeps me going, what keeps us going. Some may or may not realize how important this is but for us, it is EVERYTHING! We will stay hopeful until the day comes when we are on our way to Emory for a new kidney! That day cannot come soon enough! I hope that the link to this update and site gets shared as much as possible, at all times of the day/night, ANYTIME. Also, if you can donate, please do, we will need 10,000+ for the transplant and other related costs. We appreciate everything everyone has already done for us and ask that y'all keep up the good work! Thank you!
I can hardly believe those who get on these sites to raise money for frivolous and STUPID things (ie. making potato salad, to go on vacations, etc.) and end up raising more money for that than some of those who actually NEED it. It baffles me and frankly makes me very angry. But I cannot let that get me down! I have to keep hope in my heart that there are the people out there who actually do care more about donating for a kidney transplant or even a hurt animal than for making potato salad! I will keep hope and stay positive about that. Please help me spread the word and this link and also please donate if you can. Anything you can do. It means the world to us!!!
This isn't over yet guys! Please keep sharing as much as you can and donating if possible! Thank you so much to those who already have. We are so blessed to have all of you!!!
WE will never quit!!
Thought of the day :)
Thank you to all of those who saw and read our story in The Ledger and also to all of those who have donated thus far. Also, a huge thanks to those willing to reach out to Michael and I and have our story told. We are beyond blessed and thankful to all of you. We cannot thank you enough.
"You recognize a survivor when you see one. You recognize a fighter when you see one."
Michael Grant is a survivor. He's also a fighter on a daily, hourly, even minutely basis. Michael is one of the strongest people that I have ever met and he will continue to fight and survive until the day comes when he no longer has to anymore. The day when we get the call that a kidney has indeed arrived for him. Please, God, let that day be soon.
Please please share this with anyone and everyone you know! We are trying our very best to get the word out to everyone. Michael and I are still awaiting the call that tells us that they have found a match for him. I pray to God that day comes soon! But please support us by sharing and donating. We are saving up for when Kidney Day comes and will go towards the medical bills and medications that insurance won't cover along with the 3 weekly trips up to Atlanta for check ups, along with many other expenses. We greatly appreciate anything that can be contributed.
Thank thank you to all those who have been constantly supportive and dedicated to sharing this link and also to those who have donated. We plead that you continue to do so. Much love! Shelby and Michael
We are so greatful for those who have shared our link, those who have reached out to us personally and asked what more they can do to help spread the word to others about this matter, and also to those who have donated so far. We can't thank you guys enough. We also ask that you continue to SHARE SHARE SHARE. Once a day just isn't doing it. We have to get to everyone and it doesn't always reach the same people when it's done just once a day. And we also ask for a donation if it is possible. Any little amount is such a huge blessing to us and we just can't wait for the call for Kidney Day to finally be here!! I pray every single day that today would be the day and tomorrow, my prayer will be that and that this link will reach as many people as possible and will reach those that have not yet seen this and I pray they will be moved by Michael's Story and even more motivated to share and donate! We are so blessed by this great opportunity and even more blessed with such amazing friends and supporters. Thank you, thank you, thank you! -Shelby and Michael-
Yesterday was Father's Day and I saw all of the posts of the mothers wishing their husbands a Happy Father's Day and it made me want to wish Michael a Happy Father's Day for our children one day....I want to start my own family and grow old with him and our children and I want our children to have the best father in the entire universe. Michael Grant, we are going to find you a kidney. We are going to find you that perfect match so that you will have many MANY Father's Day's. That's my goal, and I want that to be everyone's goal, so let's reach that goal you guys!! Please please share and donate whatever you possibly can. Any little amount will be such a marvelous gift to Michael once his day finally comes. I absolutely cannot wait, can you?! Please share. Please donate. I cannot ask enough. Thank you again to those who have already donated and shared and keep sharing and sharing. We love you all. God bless you all.
It's amazing all the help we've seen thus far! Keep sharing to anyone you know! :)
"Oh I'm a survivor. My whole life has been surviving"
*This could not be more true for Michael. His entire life has been trial after trial and surviving has become part of his daily routine. Please help him continue to stay positive and survive optimistically. Any little amount of donation will be greatly appreciated but also please share this link with all of your friends, your family, your coworkers, even complete strangers! Please and thank you!!
Michael is now going to dialysis in the afternoons instead of mornings. This is causing more cramping and anxiety. It's crazy how such a little time change can make such a huge difference. We are still awaiting patiently for the call from Emory. Please just share and donate whatever you possibly can. I pray the call comes soon.
We have now raised a little over $2,000 but we are still needing $8,000 more to reach our goal! Please please whatever you can donate, it would be such a marvelous blessing to us come Kidney Day!! If you cannot donate, please share this link with ANYONE and EVERYONE you know! We love everyone who has already donated and shared but please don't stop here. Keep on keeping on. We are just holding on until the day we get the call!!! Please Emory, call us soon!!!
We're making great progress with all the donations! Keep it up :)
Please keep sharing and donating you guys! Thank you to everyone who already has. It is such a blessing to know that we have such amazing friends and people who want to help! We love you!
The outpouring of support has really reminded us of how great all of you are to us! Keep on sharing!!! :)
One of the many great things after getting a kidney transplant will be not having to schedule dialysis treatments before going on a vacation. We won't have to get up at 5 in the morning to be there by 5:30 and hope that Michael will feel better after it is over so that he can go to the beach or walk around a theme park. He will be able to eat and drink fluids all he wants and not be so tired that he needs a wheelchair sometimes. Getting a kidney means freedom in so many ways for Michael. It is a guarantee for the future.
Disney World Vacation 2013
Thank you for all the kind words and sharing!! Let's keep this going! :)
"Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever." - Lance Armstrong
We won't ever quit or give up hope. When you feel hopeless, I will be your hope. When you feel weak, I'll be your strength. When you feel down, I will lift you up. I will enocourage you. I love you today, tomorrow and forever, Michael. You are my life and my everything, don't ever forget that.
We've made prints with our fundraising info and link and are looking for great places to put them! Anyone that has a great place in mind please let us know! Everyone has been so amazing so far with sharing, such a blessing! Keep up the good work ;)
Michael's Story is now on here. Please click the link to read about his journey with ESRD and what a warrior he has been! Please share this with those you know and get the word to as many people as possible!
Even baby Michael was a trooper
"I ask not for a lighter burden but for broader shoulders"
We are still waiting patiently and diligently for the day to come that we get the call. Everyday we grow stronger in the faith that this will, indeed, happen soon. Everyone who has donated & shared this has been a MASSIVE contribution and reason for our positivity and optimism as well. We appreciate all of you and please just continue to SHARE SHARE SHARE!!! We love you guys!
-Shelby & Michael-
A MASSIVE thank you to everyone who has donated these past few days! You all have absolutely no idea how much this is going to help us. This is a TREMENDOUS blessing to us and we could not thank you enough!! Just keep remembering to SHARE SHARE SHARE!!!!
We are so grateful for the donations we have received so far. Thank you to all that have checked out our page and PLEASE continue to spread the word to EVERYONE you know...and even those you don't! ;)
A huge thank you to everyone who has checked out our fundraising website and has donated money to it! This will be a HUGE help come Kidney Day! Don't forget to spread the word and share this with everyone you know! Thanks and God Bless!!
"Remember, Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies."
We will always keep hope in our hearts and positive thoughts in our minds.
I love you baby :)
Day 1 of our fundraising attempt! We are staying positive and optimistic!
Michael Stephen Grant was not even born into this world when it all began. In the womb, a blockage to his kidneys had formed preventing urine from exiting his bladder. This caused everything to back up into his kidneys, in turn destroying his left kidney completely and slightly damaging his right kidney. Now this was before all of the modern medical advances to fix these issues in vitro were discovered and perfected, so all of this had to be found out when he born. Being only days old, he underwent numerous surgeries to correct the issue and was left with only a partial functioning kidney.
13 years later
Living in Newnan, Ga at the time, Michael tried living a normal life for about thirteen years. He went to school, hung out with friends, participated in church activites (his grandfather is a minister), and did MOST of the things a thirteen year old boy could do. However, he still had to take monthly trips to Emory Hospital in Atlanta, Ga to have procedures done to physically check and make sure his urine was not backing up into his kidney again. Unfortunately, despite all of these precautions and efforts to prevent this from happening, his right kidney began to fail. After a small stay in the hospital at Emory, his doctors changed his diet and restricted his activities as he began to enter kidney failure. This diet consisted of ZERO sodium, NO fatty, very bland, and boring foods (nothing a thirteen year old boy wants to eat!). This continued for two years until he moved to California.
At fifteen years old, Michael had moved about 3,000 miles away from his hometown to Yorba Linda, California. Upon his first appointment with his new nephrologist, it was made apparent that a kidney transplant was needed immediately. His mother, being the perfect match for him, donated her kidney to Michael. After the first day of having his new kidney, things took a turn for the worst. Blood began to show in his urine and the output of urine was low. After tests and three more surgeries, it was determined that the kidney had actually twisted and cut the blood flow off to itself; the kidney had to be removed. This caused Michael to yet again endure life with renal failure. One year later, Michael received a call from The Children's Hospital of Los Angeles with good news! He was going to receive a kidney from the transplant list! The surgery was successful and with a strong regiment of anti-rejection medicines, Michael would now be able to be a normal seventeen year old. He had no idea that seven years down the road, he would experience something even worse than what he had already gone through.
A Life Changed
Fast forward to June of 2010, Michael was a 24 year old working and going to college on a daily basis, dedicating himself 100% to his major in Molecular Biology. Over the month of June, Michael became sick and only got worse throughout that month. Just thinking it was maybe a cold or something common that he would soon get over himself, he continued on with his daily routines. He soon got so bad that he couldn't get off the couch. It was very apparent to others that something was very wrong. Michael's step father flew in from Georgia after he received a call from Michael's brother about his diminished health. His stepdad immediately took Michael to the hospital where they discovered that he had to have his gallbladder removed. This was the reason for his sickness but was not caught because the normal symptoms of gallstones are extreme abdominal pain; He did not feel the pain because of the severed nerves in his abdomen from the transplants. They removed his gallbladder and discovered that his body had begun rejecting his transplanted kidney. There was no saving the organ because the anti-rejection medication had not worked properly due to gallbladder infection causing severe vomiting. He was now put on dialysis and forced to take a new avenue in life.
Dialysis Changed Everything
Now on dialysis, Michael attended his treatments three times a week for three hours each time. He tried his hardest to remain in school and work, both full time, to pay for his necessities. He did his best to live the life he had before but unfortunately, this was just not possible. He was forced to make the choice and move back home to Georgia, where he would be close to family and could, somewhat, try to get back on his feet.
Life for Michael Now
Michael is still attending dialysis in Columbus, Georgia three times a week for three hours a day going on his fourth year now. He is currently 28 years old and has only had seven years of a normal life. He is working as much as he possibly can to pay for his needs and medical expenses but there is a limit to how much all of this will cover once he does get his third transplant. Thanks to everyone who has supported him emotionally and mentally, he is still able to get up everyday with a smile on his face and live life as successful as he possibly can. He is still on a strict diet, even more strict than before (sometimes the only thing he can eat are buttered noodles and some days he cant drink but a cup or two of water because his fluid build up is so bad..). He has zero urine output and retains any and every fluid he consumes until it is removed via dialysis. Dialysis is done with very large needles stuck into a fistula created by surgeons using his vein. It then pulls the blood out of his body, cleans it, then puts it back in his body. This is done with ALL of his blood three times before he goes home. When the dialysis is done correctly, Michael feels okay after, sometimes even good. However, there are days when all he can do is hope for the next day to come because the pain is so bad.
Life with Michael
I have been with Michael for almost two years now and it has been nothing short of a blessing. When I first met him, I never would have known anything was even going on his life, especially something as important and extreme as End Stage Renal Failure!
Michael is the most positive and optimistic person I know. Someone in his condition would have every right to be bitter, closed-up, negative or pessimistic, but not Michael. His condition has grown to effect not only Michael but me now as well. When he hurts, I hurt for him. I try my best to keep him positive because, lets face it, there are days when he gets down. The fluid build up alone causes toxins in your body to affect your mood and attitude and he fights it as much as he can but sometimes, his body wins. It is one of the hardest things in the world to watch the man you love to hurt and go through what he goes through every single day, but it is worth it. I am in the process now of seeing if I am a match for Michael to donate my kidney to him and I am doing all that I can to be the hope and anchor he needs in life. Life with Michael is perfect and I want it to last as long as it possibly can.
What You Can Do
We are not asking for every single person who reads this to try and donate their kidney....Just the people with blood types B+ or O (positive or negative) ;)
But in all actuality, finances are the biggest importance for Michael when the day finally comes when we get the call that he has received his kidney! After his transplant, we will have to travel to and from Emory three times a week for a few months for check ups and medicine. In addition, very expensive medications will be needed for the rest of his life. Our goal is to raise enough money to help with medical bills, medication costs, and other transplant expenses until he can get back on his feet and work full time. Once again, gaining back a normal life. We are asking for donations of any size or kind. Even just sharing this link with everyone you know will be a huge blessing to us. Please just keep in mind, no 28 year old should have to go through what Michael goes through every single day, it is not fair but we are making the best of our situation and hoping and praying that the day comes soon. Please help in any way you can. You have absolutely no idea how much we would appreciate it. I want to help Michael Grant get his life back and I need your help too.
Thank you for everything you are willing to do to help us and especially Michael. I know this will mean the world to him.