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Judyth (@judyth)

Ways to Advertise: How Did you Find a Kidney Donor?

Transplants | Last Active: Sep 29, 2020 | Replies (7)

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@gibtan120

I have been through running on dialysis since August 2015. Would you please help me to explore a potential living donor by sharing my information in your network?

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@gibtan120 Welcome to Mayo Connect. We are all patients, caregivers, and family members who share our journeys and experiences with others.
I think this request would be better served in the "transplant" group, and ask @colleenyoung to move it there. https://connect.mayoclinic.org/group/transplants/?pg=3

Are you listed at a transplant center at this time? Have they given you any indication of the usual wait time for a transplant in your area? My husband was listed at his local transplant center, then chose to double-list, adding a second transplant center. That second one is where he received his new-to-him kidney about 4 years ago. I have also heard that in some cases, if you are a veteran, they might transport you to another area to get a transplant where the wait time is less.

Choosing to look for a living donor can be done in several ways. Let your family know, let your friends know. Wear a shirt or jacket with your message that strangers will see. Put a bumper sticker on your car. Contact your social groups and let them know, along with your spiritual/faith community. If you have a facebook page, post on there.

I wish you luck and a resolution soon. There are so many people waiting for organs!
Ginger

Hi @gibtan120, you'll notice that I moved your message to this existing discussion in the Transplants group about ways to find a donor. I did this so you can connect with other members like you who are seeking a donor and finding creative ways to do so.

You'll also find tips in the toolkit, blog post and related discussion:
– Recipient Toolkit on the Transplant Pages is an excellent resource that can provide you with some additional information.
https://connect.mayoclinic.org/page/transplant/tab/resource-35/
– Finding a Living Donor https://connect.mayoclinic.org/page/transplant/newsfeed-post/finding-a-living-donor/
– Waiting for an altruistic donor https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/waiting-for-an-altruistic-donor/

Gibtan120, I know this is hard, especially being on dialysis for over 5 years. What are you currently doing to let people know you're looking for a kidney donor?

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