I had a nephrectomy and kidney transplant, due to advanced PKD, 7 weeks ago Wednesday. I am beyond grateful to my donor for this gift! I am also feeling very isolated as I try to heal from a surgery, I was not prepared would feel so catastrophic. Some days I am able to take short nature walks, cook dinner and do light housekeeping. Other days, like today, I can hardly stand without excruciating backaches and the sensation my insides might tumble out of my abdomen, if I don’t hold my stomach muscles with everything I’ve got. Are there any other nephrectomy patients,, who could help me not feel so alone in this process, by sharing what their recovery was like? I am a 54 year old dance teacher, who is wondering if she will ever feel whole and healthy again. The transplant patients I have talked to had kidney transplants but not a nephrectomy, and at least for me, their experience doesn’t sound anything like what I am experiencing.