In 2009 I found out that I had Chronic Kidney Disease. At that time I had over 40% kidney function. For the next couple years I did what I could to preserve what function I had; but in the last couple months it has decreased significantly. Unfortunately, in March 2013 I was informed that my kidney function is now down to 18%. A few weeks after the news, I started the process to be put on the national deceased donor list. After undergoing all of the necessary exams I was accepted on the national deceased donor list. The average wait time for type O blood is 3 to 6 years; unfortunately I was informed that I have weeks to months before I need to take some kind of intervention.
I am a college student at the University of Minnesota Duluth majoring in Early Childhood Education. It has always been my dream to be a teacher; one of my biggest role models is my first grade teacher. When I found out the news that I need a kidney transplant one of my first thoughts was school. That along with my current need for a kidney transplant has led me to the goal of this coming summer, 2013. My care team at the Mayo Clinic would like to avoide dialysis because it would complicate getting a transplant after I start it. A kidney transplant would give me a better quality of life.
When my fellow education classmates found out about my situation all they wanted to do was help. They really have been a driving force supporting me to tell my story and to get the word out about my condition. They have also helped me think of ways to fundraise. All money raised will first go towards paying the expenses of the kidney donor and then if there are additional funds I will use that to pay uncovered medical costs. Any amount is greatly appreciated on my journey to a better quality of life.