Catherine's Kidney Transplant Fund

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Raised by 20 people in 7 months
My name is Catherine, and as most of my friends and past co-workers know, I was diagnosed with End Stage Renal Disease in October 2011. 
I began my journey with what was originally a cancer scare, so off to the hospital for 2 weeks of tests. The good news: it wasn’t cancer.  Turns out it was a problem with my kidneys, and my particular disease causes a positive reading to the cancer test. I had so much fluid that I couldn’t even put on regular shoes.  I called my poor swollen feet my "hobbit feet."  As you can see, I kept my humor from the beginning of this journey!
I began dialysis in January 2012, and have been on dialysis for 6 1/2 years now.  After several health bumps in the road,  my nephrologist has finally referred my case to OHSU's Transplant Program!  

Did you know that the average cost of a transplant is $143,000?  With insurance it is negotiated down, but the costs are not covered 100%.  In addition, the anti-rejection drugs cost on average $17,000 per year.  These are the reasons why I have a Go Fund Me account.  

Along my journey, I have kept a positive attitude and my humor.  I am very proud to say, “I am still on this side of the grass!”  However, things happen.  If for some reason the transplant never happens, any donations made will be donated to Donate Life and the Kidney Foundation.

I pray my friends, family, old co-workers, wonderful people I've never met, and their friends will consider donating and sharing my link.  "He who is generous will be blessed..."  Proverbs 22:9
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Well, I finally have that all-important candidacy appointment with OHSU! It is scheduled for the end of January.

I'm excited, nervous, scared, worried, you name it that's me. I'm afraid of the outcome of the appointment, you know, the what if's... what if I get weaker before then or get really sick, what if I won't have enough to cover my portion of the transplant costs, or what if they decide I'm not a good candidate?

I've kept a positive attitude since my diagnosis, which has gotten me through two bad blood infections, weekly dialysis, losing some of my independence, heart surgery due to one of those blood infections and forcing me into early retirement. But alas, I have to be realistic too.... I know I have gotten weaker the last couple of months. I've been on dialysis for almost 7 years, which is hard on the body. Been having low blood pressures... not just at dialysis now, but all the time, which has made me weaker.

I'm still fighting, though it's sometimes a lot harder. So pray for me, pass the word for help on the financial end.

I very much appreciate all the donations to date!
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What most folks don't know about me is I have a hobby of songwriting, so as I continue down the transplant road, my creative juices are flowing! I've written a song about my story and journey to where I am today!

On the transplant front... I'm still in the pre-transplant phase, which means, testing, testing, testing! OHSU needs an abdominal scan, which makes sense, as a transplanted kidney goes into the abdominal area. My appointment is November 15th.

Enjoy the song, and please make your donation today if you already haven't done so!
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Today my nephrologist referred my case to the OHSU Transplant Team, and 2 hours later they called me to gather some basic information. Donations are most important now! Donate at: https://www.gofundme.com/catherine-pittman
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Another step closer friends! Friday, I had a stress test, one of the things I had to do before my case goes to the OHSU transplant team. Nothing unusual happened, which is great. The drug they give you to imitate how exercise affects the body sure was weird feeling. They gave me the choice of laying down with it in my system, or walking on a treadmill. I chose walking. Your arms and legs suddenly feel really, really tired while I was walking on the treadmill. Feels like you've run a marathon. Also gave me an immediate headache and nausea to the point I didn't want to drink the cola (caffeine counteracts the affects), so they gave me another injection to counteract it faster once the test was done. I won't know the results for a day or two. Now I just need to get a dental release before my transplant case goes to the OHSU transplant team and unfortunately, couldn't get that appointment until October 2nd.

If you haven't donated yet, remember, even $5 from lots of caring folks can make a difference. Please consider donating and passing on the word to your friends & families!
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