Brad Needs A Kidney
Hello, my name is Sarah and I'd like to tell you the story of my husband, Brad, and his illness.
Brad is an amazing human being who became quite ill in the end of February 2013. Brad is the kindest person I know and I love him so very much. Even though he is ill he is constantly offering to help others.
Brad was diagnosed with end stage renal disease (kidney failure) in April of 2013 and was told that he would require a kidney transplant and will need to be on dialysis until he recieves a kidney.
We are still waiting for that kidney transplant almost three years later.
It also turns out that kidney failure is an expensive illness. Between dialysis supplies, two hospital stays, doctor visits, infections, lab tests, and the slew of medications Brad is now required to take our medical expenses have increased quite a bit. Not to mention the recovery time that will put Brad out of work for up to potentially six months.
Your money will be going to medical expenses and keeping our bills paid during the time Brad will be out of commission from the transplant. We don't know when Brad will recieve his transplant so any funds you donate will be saved for when we need them for those bills.
I can't put into words how much this means to us.
Brad is so important to so many people.
Thank you very much for reading this. If you are unable to donate that is completely fine, I just ask you to please boost the signal and share this far and wide.
The english language doesn't have sufficient words to express the gratitude I feel but I can at least say "Thank you!"
Brad and I sort of forgot that this campaign was still open (Oops!) but wanted to give a quick update before we shut it all down.
Brad is doing very well! We are approaching the two year kidney-versary on October 26th and we are so happy about it.
Our donor is also doing well. She has become one of our closest friends and both of our families absolutely adore her. She even got engaged to our best friend and Brad and I are in the wedding party!
A few challenges have arisen over the past two years but those challenges feel a lot less scary and stressful knowing that Brad is healthy.
Thank you so much to everyone who has helped us! We would be in such a different position if we didn't have such an amazing support system. We'll never be able to say thank you all enough!
With all that said we will be closing out this campaign at the end of October.
Thank you all, yet again, for everything you've done, and still do, to support us. It truly means the world to us both.
Much love to you all,
Sarah, Brad, and our two hounds, Benjen and Trinity
Things are going very well for everyone. Sarah, the donor, is getting back into the routine of things and Brad is even back to work!
Big thank you to everyone! I cannot say it enough. Your help made us able to get through all of this without having to resort to sharing kibble with the dogs. :)
We are slowly getting back to the financial point we want to be at. The light at the end of the tunnel, so to speak, is in view.
That being said, we won't complain if you spread the word, boost the signal, or contribute yourself. I have a feeling the medical bills are going to start coming in pretty soon here and that is a touch scary. It is much less scary when we think about the amazing people we have around us who have been and continue to be the best support system ever.
The new year has been treating us well so far. Let's hope that stays true. I hope your year is going well also!
Much love to all,
Sarah (the kidney giver, not me.) and Brad are both doing very well.
They are starting to get a little stir crazy and need to be reminded that they just had major surgery. :)
On an adorable note, please enjoy this picture of Donor and Recipient with matching stuffed raccoons.
Brad's raccoon is one his mother, Beth, gave him when he got ill. Brad let Sarah use Rocky the Raccoon while recovering in the hospital. We, of course, had to find a Rocky the Raccoon for her as well!
As always, much love and gratitude to you all!
The transplant went better than any of us could have hoped.
Brad came home yesterday and is recovering like a champ.
Sarah, our donor was home Saturday and is also healing very well.
I read through all the messages everyone has sent, again, and I am overwhelmed with gratitude. I know Brad feels the same.
I am going back to sleep with a smile on my face and love in my heart.
I can never say it enough: Thank You!!