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2 Year Update! by Melissa Swanson Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Kidney Failure It's officially been 2 years since the donation (as of August 5, 2010). Everything is going great! Masud is doing wonderful and has had no problems. Read on »
"Reflection" by Melissa Swanson Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Kidney Failure Well, it's almost been 2 years since the kidney donation. Things are great! So far, Masud has not had any problems and his kidney function is normal. I keep in touch with ... Read on »
1 Year Post-Donation by Melissa Swanson Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Kidney Failure Wow! It's been a year since I donated my kidney. It's hard to believe. I honestly can say that I'm healthier today than I was one year ago. A lot of that is b/c of my change o ... Read on »
"11 months post-op" by Melissa Swanson Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Kidney Failure Wow! I can't believe it's been almost an entire year since I donated my kidney to Masud. I almost want to cry looking back on the wonderful, amazing year that I've had. I h ... Read on »
Update: 4.5 months post-op by Melissa Swanson Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Kidney Failure Well, it's been about 4.5 months since I donated my kidney. I wanted to update those of you that read this regularly. I haven't written in a while, and I apologize. Things ... Read on »
"Update on 11-month-old needing liver" by Melissa Swanson Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Kidney Failure I wanted to update everyone on the last post. I let everyone know that there was a family looking for a liver for their 11-month old boy. I have wonderful news! The ... Read on »
"Should I Donate?" by Melissa Swanson Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Kidney Failure Hey everyone! I wanted to update everyone on what's going on in my life. I've gotten a lot of emails from readers asking how I'm doing and what's going on. I really appreciate ... Read on »
"Update: 5 weeks post kidney donation" by Melissa Swanson Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Kidney Failure Hi again! I wanted to update everyone on what's going on post-transplant. I have been moving for the past 2 weeks and haven't had much time to blog. I've had one scare re ... Read on »
"Update: 3 weeks post kidney donation" by Melissa Swanson Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Kidney Failure Hey everyone! I haven't written in a week or so b/c I've been busy trying to catch up at work. I'm also busy packing b/c we're moving soon. I'm not moving away; just to a new ... Read on »
"The Times Story" by Melissa Swanson Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Kidney Failure I forgot to add this story to my blog. The Shreveport Times did some short stories a while back. This is one of them http://www.shreveporttimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?A ... Read on »
"Pictures from the surgery" by Melissa Swanson Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Kidney Failure I wanted to let everyone know that I'm now home and doing very well. I wanted to share some pictures from my "trip". Here goes: Here's a picture taken of Masud (the recip ... Read on »
"Kidney Donation: Day 4" by Melissa Swanson Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Kidney Failure Well, today is the 4th day after the operation. It's also the first day that I've felt really good. I'm still having pain (obviously), but I got out and went shopping in two ... Read on »
"A Wonderful Surprise" by Melissa Swanson Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Kidney Failure Today has been a great day! It started off with a little pain and a lot of sleepiness. However, I got a great surprise today. Masud and his wife, Sharmin, and their son ... Read on »
"Kidney Donation Update" by Melissa Swanson Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Kidney Failure Hey everyone. I just wanted to let everyone know that I've been discharged from the hospital and am back at my hotel room. I'm staying at the Hampton Inn & Suites in Scottsdal ... Read on »
So far, so good by Melissa Swanson Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Kidney Failure Surgery Day: Everything's fine. When Masud received the kidney, it started producing urine immediately. He may get to go home in three days. Melissa will get to fly back ... Read on »
"On the News-KTAL" by Melissa Swanson Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Kidney Failure Here is a video feed that KTAL has posted on their website about this kidney donation. I was interviewed today in my home. http://arklatexhomepage.com/media_player.php?med ... Read on »
"Kidney Donation Video" by Melissa Swanson Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Kidney Failure This is a video that I did about the kidney donation for The Times: Read on »
"The Waiting Game" by Melissa Swanson Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Kidney Failure Well, I went and had my blood tests done today. I won't find out for a couple of days if we passed or not. I did have an interesting day. A photographer from The Times went ... Read on »
"Awaiting Last Cross-Match" by Melissa Swanson Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Kidney Failure I've been sitting here at my computer all evening reading people's stories about kidney donation. I'll tell you one thing. It's something that can give you a good feeling an ... Read on »
"Questions Answered" by Melissa Swanson Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Kidney Failure I have been asked to post my answers to some very frequently asked questions. This will help everyone understand better as to why I decided to do this. 1. Are you getting ... Read on »