A kidney transplant for Christmas
Currently, I have government insurance and it is taking care of my medications and appointments. I'm going through pre-transplant evaluation and I am taking steps to improve or sustain my current kidney function. I am asking for help collecting funds and assistance of different types as I move forward. I hear that there are programs in place to help people in my situation. There will still be expenses while this process takes place that I will need help with. I'm humbled by the love you have shared, the advice, offers to help and of course, your donations. Together we can get through this. Please share. Please help. Whatever help you can give is greatly appreciated. Your prayers are just as valuable, God bless. Best wishes and kindest regards, Happy New Year!
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I still have a couple of obstacles to surpass with neurological oncology and about 35 more pounds to get to transplant surgery weight. I'd like to thank you all for your support and constant reassurance that I am doing the right things.
Next up for me is the fistula installation May 12 so it has the allotted amount of time to heal and become functional in the event that I ever need dialysis. God is blessing me daily with reminders of who and what I am and putting caring, compassionate and loving people in my path to encourage me along my journey.
Being positive and strong has helped me to continue moving forward. I'm back on the bicycle now that the weather is beginning to get warmer. Excited for Spring and Summer to arrive so I can extend my rides and time outside with Mother Nature and the beauty that life has to offer.
I am especially thankful for every day and every opportunity that I am offered as I have been called back to the ministry field and am eager to see where He leads me as I just started learning new music and will be touring local churches and festivals this year as part of my duty as a minister of music. Hope to see you somewhere along the way.
I was reminded by a young woman that I used to lead in worship recently that I have to stay prayed up to remain strong. There were never truer words spoken and it was blessed assurance that when I get tired and down, that God has put people and things in my line of sight to serve as guideposts as His word incarnate and let's me know that somewhere along the way, because of my obedience to His message, was able to inspire someone else in a time of need.
It is part of my legacy and what I will leave far behind when my physical being does eventually fade away and I take my place where I have been created to be. What will you leave behind? That is a question I ask myself every day when I attempt to inspire my students and colleagues. I challenge you to ask that question of yourself and see what you come up with.
Thanks again for all of your prayers and love. Much gratitude and respect to you all. Smile and change the world around you, one person at a time. Grace and peace be with you all for all of your days and may His mercies continue to abound. God bless!
Things have been going pretty well as of late but I may be feeling some of the effects of my end stage kidney failure. Last check with the kidney doctor I had a small improvement, yet fractional, it was an improvement from 14 to 15 on my GFR.
I'll be going in Wednesday for a consultation for a shunt. One of my students has a loved one who is on peritoneal dialysis and she says that he does very well with it. She is encouraging me to go down the same route, however I had gone through classes for it and my doctor says that I will be hooked to a machine 10 hours a day.
My schedule is quite hectic and I know that I will have to make changes to it to accommodate the things I need to maintain a healthy lifestyle, but even my nephrologist believes that 10 hours a day is excessive and that it would be easier for me to go through hemodialysis three times a week for 3 to 5 hours each time.
I'm still hoping to get through the pre evaluation process and get a kidney as soon as possible. The diet changes that I have adopted have allowed me to push off dialysis for a little while longer but a kidney would save my life. I''m confident that I'll be continuing to loose weight in hopes that I will never need a kidney.
Tomorrow, I'm going to change my PCP and pharmacy. If they had kept things straight, my numbers would be better, but medical red tape has put me in hot water. I'll keep you all posted. Please keep sharing and donating to help my upcoming expenses.
Whatever you can do is appreciated and helps tremendously. There are talks of an upcoming benefit and a bowling get together. Details are forthcoming. Please continue to share this and don't just "Like " it, although I do appreciate that as well. I'm humbled by all that you've done so far. Thanks again!