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