A couple of weeks ago, my friend Jill sent me a text about one of her friends donating. I didn’t know this person, but Jill has known her for many years. I wanted to reach out to give advice and guidance. I didn’t have that when I was testing, or after the surgery. Sure, I had information from the hospital and staff on what to expect, but none of them actually went through the surgery.
I found a group on Facebook for living donors, but not until a couple of months after my surgery. It’s been a great resource for a lot of people, no matter how long ago they’ve donated. Some haven’t even donated yet, so they can get questions answered.
It’s because of this group that I’ve built relationships with other donors and have a bunch of people to interview for the film. I’ve spoken on the phone to a few of them. We interact every day on Facebook. We’re friends, though we’ve never met face-to-face.
I spent a couple of hours at the hospital on Friday morning with Tracy, Jill’s friend. I wanted to show support but also relive my own experience. I went through a LOT, most of which had nothing to do with my kidney donation, but it was so easy without all the other stuff.
Tracy went home yesterday. Her recipient is doing well, too, and will be home tomorrow. I’m so very proud of them both! Even though I just met them, in pro-op, there’s already a connection. We know how each other feels. Tracy is doing amazingly well, too! This is why I want to get the word out: it’s easy. Sure, the decision to donate and save a life CAN BE a tough one, but the surgery and recovery for a donor are simple once you leave the hospital.
Think about it. Your life will change as you save another person’s life!