Michael's Kidney Failure Adventure
$20,555 of $25,000 goal
My name is Michael Anthony Hermogeno. I am an average guy with a not-so-average life. Born and raised in Los Angeles, I have seen, done, and met a lot of amazing people. I try to see the beauty in everything and everybody. I like to listen to people. I like to experience new things. I like to eat. I like being me.
To many, I am a freelance photographer with a specialty in the plus size industry, but did get my start in the entertainment scene shooting red carpet events and performers' headshots. To some, I am an avid desert off-roader. To most, I am a total jackass who likes to delve into sarcasm and self deprication. To all, I am a family man who loves and adores his wife and kids. My girls are the center of my universe.
In 2011, I suffered a bout of acute kidney failure and have been dealing with Chronic Kidney Disease. For years, with the help of my doctors, we managed to keep it at bay. In the summer of 2015, however, something changed, and my GFR plummeted from 34 to 9. I spent half of August 2015 in the hospital.
I am now in Dialysis.
With my symptom complications, I stopped working in Spring 2015. While I hate to admit I need help, I could use a boost to catch up on expenses as I am in the hospital 3 days a week for dialysis treatments while I search for a kidney donor.
Any and all help is greatly appreciated and I humbly thank you for your consideration.
While my campaign is closed, my advocacy for live kidney donation has only just begun. Please feel free to share this page with others, not to raise money, but to raise awareness of the plight of many other kidney patients nationwide who are in need of support.
I was given the gift of a new life and am working hard to make the most of it. I am more active while still fighting off the pain and muscle cramps, but my spirits are high. You can find me biking around the Rose Bowl in the mornings to help me regain strength and keep my new kidney, Jack, thriving. Feel free to join me for a ride sometime.
You are all amazing for your support and love you have given to me and my family over the past few years and the prayers worked as I did not have the anticipated heart attack during transplant and my heart palpitations have been greatly reduced post transplant.
Stay strong out there fellow kidney warriors. Stay blessed all my friends and family.
As I bring this campaign to a close, I would like to take this time to remind you all to check off the donor box on your drivers licenses. #spareakidneysavealife
I am now 3 weeks post transplant so I figured it was a good time for an update. My new kidney named Jack is progressing in the healing process. The docs removed the stent used to fuse Jack to my bladder via a cystoscope probe up my urethra. Whew, that's a whole other story that I will keep to myself.
The kidney function made an immediate improvement but in the last week it dropped a little so adjustments are being made to my anti-rejection meds. Per the docs, there is no indication in my other lab tests indicating rejection, so that is hopeful. The docs suspect Jack is just being a little lazy.
Meanwhile, recovery is going slowly but surely. Going a little stir-crazy on home rest, but they keep telling me not to rush things to avoid any complications.
Thank you everyone for following my journey thus far. I can't wait to get back behind my camera.
It will be a long 3 to 6 months of recovery at home so I will be out of commission during this time. Please feel free to consider helping me out a little since I will not be able to pick up the camera again until maybe February 2018.
Thank you so much to everyone who has offered assistance but more importantly well wishes and prayers.
Hi - I saw your truck, and I'm posting it on my 365 day photo project along with a link to your site. Just spreading the word. I am not financially able to send you anything right now (been out of work since July 2015) but when my prospects change, I'd be pleased to contribute.