When I started my evaluation I hesitated to tell many people because I didn’t want the fact that I had be a factor in such a big decision. Post on Facebook that I’m signing up for a marathon? Hold my feet to the fire! Post that I want to give a stranger one of my organs? Um, what if I have second-thoughts? And I did. Second, Third, Fourth, etc. But I am hoping that this blog will be found by someone late at night doing a google search on what living kidney donors experience and it will hopefully help put their mind at ease in some small way. I know I spent many nights doing the same.
Matthew 6:3-4 “When you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing”
I can’t quote a lot of scripture, but this is one that has always stuck with me. So this blog feels like the anti-Matthew 6:3, but two big factors override this verse for me:
- The need to encourage living kidney donation and provide current information and first-hand experience for others researching this decision.
- The courage of my recipient to share his experiences, ask for help, and advocate for all of those on the kidney transplant wait list.