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I would like to donate a kidney……I’m 63 ….good health but bad back! Ha ….0- blood …..the Army wanted to SUCK my blood …..I think it’s a wise choice to help others
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Hi, @deerayak. I would like to welcome you to Mayo Connect. Here we share, we support, and we encourage others. I feel it is no coincidence that you have entered this post on today – the first day of April: Organ Donor Awareness Month! I am a organ transplant recipient.
Here is the link for you to look at. You can read information from Mayo Clinic about Living Organ Donation. There is a newsfeed; recipient toolkit, living donor toolkit, and a more information column.
Please come back with your questions. You can also look at the discussions that are occurring in the Transplant discussion forum to meet others who have received or donated.
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I’d like to add my welcome to Rosemary’s and introduce you to several other members talking about living organ donation in the Transplants group here: https://connect.mayoclinic.org/group/transplants/
You’ll meet other members who are living donors or are in the process of becoming a living donor in these discussions:
– Kidney transplant – process for being a living donor http://mayocl.in/2kUIcrW
– Video chat: Living Kidney Donor and Recipient Share Their Story http://mayocl.in/2oLBQdk
– Living Kidney Donor Advice http://mayocl.in/2nM4TzM
I’m fairly healthy …..no children …..I’m not homosexual ….hmmm……0- blood type …..
I know my sister would be happy to share her fonation experience with you. She was my donor back in 2009, we had the surgery at Mayo in Phoenix.
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Thank you, @amandajeffersaz, for your kindness in offering your support.
I think we met once before on the Transplant discussion forum. You are most welcome to look at those forums. Do you have anything that you might add, based on your recipient experience?
I hope see you there,
I have no children or wife …..what is the big deal in helping somebody ? ……I’m not homosexual ….I’m ex army …your can check the VA,…….I’m very healthy at my age (63 ). I just want to help before I die Period.
I applaud your interest in becoming a living organ donor.
Please allow me to correct the statement about sexuality. Sexuality is NOT a factor in whether or not someone is a suitable living organ donor.
Here is the basic criteria for living donor candidates:
– In generally good physical and mental health
– Free from any health condition that would rule them out as a potential donor
– At least 18 years old
– Have no alcohol or drug abuse problems
– Have psychiatric diagnoses well controlled over an extended period of time
Other non-medical criteria also play a critical role. A donor candidate should also:
– Understand the risks, benefits, and possible outcomes, both good and bad, for both the donor and recipient.
– Have a strong support network.
– Have financial stability including the support of their employer to take time away from work for recovery after surgery
Only medical professionals can determine if someone is a suitable donor. Generally speaking, if a person interested in donating has a history of kidney disease, uncontrolled high blood pressure, diabetes, cancers, heart disease, liver disease, lung disease, certain kidney disorders, colon disorders, nerve problems or psychiatric disorders, they may be ruled out as a living donor.
To find out about your personal eligibility, your first step would be to fill out a Health History Questionnaire found here: http://mayocl.in/2oCMZOx. Complete the form when you have adequate time and space to concentrate on each question. Before you begin, please obtain your current height and weight. It is also recommended that you use a laptop or desktop computer.
Hi Deerayak, May God bless you. I’m trying to be my sisters donor & I have read posts on this site. You are without doubt a life saver. That is a selfless loving act. I must admit I haven’t thought beyond being my sisters donor, if we are not a match. You are a good guy. It is a big deal to do what you want to do. Most people do not think beyond themselves. I hope you get tested & succeed. Your donor will be more than forever grateful.
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Hi I filled out living donor form on line and I got rejected as soon as I got to diabetes question. You can’t donate kidney if you have any diabetes history. It does not matter if on meds or not. I don’t think it matters if you got you blood sugar back in normal range with diet and exercise. So that’s what happened to me when I checked.
Thank you, @ihatediabetes, for sharing this information with us on Connect.
Thank you, for your desire to be tested as a potential living kidney donor.
Thank you, because your desire and willingness to be tested as a living donor can serve as a sign of hope to the many persons awaiting a kidney transplant. Mostly, you are an inspiration to someone who is thinking about donating, because organ donation saves lives.
I send you a hug and a sincere wish for your continued health.
Liver and Kidney recipient of 8 years.
Thank you Rosemary for your words. I was actually kind of disappointed that they told me I can’t donate my kidney. It actually feels like failure. But they said they have to make sure I have good kidney function and that any kidney they give to someone else is a good kidney. But I told them I was doing the Healthy Living program and I thought my health was getting much better so I could donate a kidney. Why can’t I donate a kidney if I get my a1c back into normal range without meds? But nope they said, “We don’t recommend that you donate a kidney.” I don’t drink or smoke and I have good cardiovascular health. So it was disappointing. They keep telling us over and over that people are dying because not enough kidneys. Then they won’t take mine even if I offered it. So I don’t even know if I should bother with getting organ donor on my drivers license. If they reject me as living donor am I rejected as dead donor too. Ugh!!!
@ihatediabetes, I have talked to other people who have shared your feelings of disappointment. Keep in mind that your health, as well as a recipient is top priority.
Here is the website for Donate Life America. Here you will find information about organ donation as well as how to register.
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