I'm seriously considering being a living donor. I currently do not know of anyone who needs my kidney; therefore I would be considered a non-directed donor. I've had discussions with friends and family and they can't understand why I would do this. "What if I needed the other? – I was born with a spare." To me, that is not a reason to not donate. I don't expect to need the spare. I will likely pass away with two beautifully functioning kidneys. In my mind, why wouldn't I help someone today instead of waiting until I'm dead (and then they may not be of use). The other reason I've heard, 'Is what if my adult son may need it". Another friend has stated, "What if you develop complications and die". I'm in a perfect place in my life where I no longer financially support anyone but myself.
Am I crazy? Who else out there has been a non-directed donor? Did you family understand and support your decision?