Learn about transplant through the journeys of other
end-stage renal disease patients.
“I would encourage people to work toward transplant because it is a better life. You still have to take medications to maintain your kidney, but you don’t have as many restrictions as you have on dialysis. You get a lot of your life back.”
“I believe as African Americans, we do not understand how much it means to our community to be a donor. Because we are the ones that have the highest number of kidney disease. Why take these parts with you? There are other people who are waiting to start a new chapter in their life.”
“You can have a transplant and go back to living your normal life. You have to eat right; you have to work out, take your medications, and listen to your doctors. You’ll be okay.”
“My dialysis nursing staff and doctors were very encouraging. They got to know me and the things I like; they knew I loved to travel, to work in the church, that I loved my family, and had grandkids. They knew transplant would be the ultimate treatment option for me to have a full life.”
“I don’t think you ever have to feel that you’re too old to get a kidney. If your health is otherwise is good, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be able to get a kidney.”
“Compared to dialysis, there is no comparison. I don’t even know how to make a comparison to how I feel with my kidney transplant and what was able to do with my life with dialysis.”