My name is Scott Wilson and my story is probably like hundreds of other stories with different details in between. I don't necessarily want to dwell on my personal story as much as I would love to educate everyone on organ donation and transplantation, a topic still not that popular, and how this medical procedure changes people's lives.
I am a Type I diabetic and was diagnosed at age 9. Over the years, the disease began to take its toll on my body. In 1990, I had laser surgery on both my eyes to save my vision from the damage caused by diabetic retinopathy. Around the same time I began to visit a nephrologist on a regular basis to help treat my diabetes related renal failure. On December 3, 2008, I was officially listed on the kidney-pancreas transplant list (UNOS) at The Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida. By February of 2009, my renal functioning had reached rock bottom, and I was hospitalized and had a peritoneal catheter implanted in my abdomen in preparation for PD (peritoneal dialysis). I began PD in March 2009 and was back to work within a few weeks. I continued to work my postal carrier position full throttle, delivering the mail on the street daily (6 1/2hours of walking), while completing dialysis nightly. In September 2009, I had a cataract removed from my right eye (diabetes related) and then again in March 2010 a cataract was removed from my left eye, also diabetes related.
On the 693 day (October 25, 2010) the Mayo Clinic called me at 9:19 am, while I was preparing my postal route to inform me they had two potential organs to give me. We rushed to get to Jacksonville and by 6:00 am on October 26, 2010 I was under the knife.
This is a brief overview of my life changing experience, and how it is possible to continue your life when faced by catastrophic circumstances.
I am a new man, capable of doing the things I haven't been able to do since I was 9 years old. I hope this gives you a better idea of whom and what I am. Hopefully, this could be a great avenue to educate everyone on a topic still not that popular. Organ donation and eventual organ transplantation, has changed the lives of millions of people, and I am proud to say I am now one of those millions reaping the benefits of a second chance at a much more fulfilling life!! Miracles do happen...just look at me!!