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"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 »
"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 »
"Good News!" by Melissa Swanson Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Kidney Failure I'm approved! I got the call today around 5:00 p.m. saying that I am approved to donate my kidney to Masud Khondoker, a 44 year old man that lives in the Phoenix area, but i ... Read on »
"Leaving Arizona" by Melissa Swanson Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Kidney Failure I finally made it home! My plane arrived really late last night. I got stuck in Atlanta for several hours. I now understand how all of those people feel that are trying to t ... 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 »
"The Cause" by Melissa Swanson Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Kidney Failure Some people ask me why I'm doing this. This is a question that I've answered many times. I am simply doing it to help another person in need. I've always been a giving per ... 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 »
"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 »
"A Little More Detail" by Melissa Swanson Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Kidney Failure So, once I realized that this was something that I definitely wanted to pursue, I asked Masud's (the recipient) wife, Sharmin, what I needed to do. She informed m ... 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 »
"Another Day of Testing" by Melissa Swanson Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Kidney Failure I'm now on my 2nd full day of testing at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, AZ. Things have been pretty intense the last couple of days. I had heard that they really put potential ... Read on »
"Another In Need" by Melissa Swanson Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Kidney Failure I just came across a random blog of a man from Atlanta whose blood type is O. He is searching for anyone willing to donate that is either O+ or O-. You can click on the link b ... Read on »
"Anxiously Waiting" by Melissa Swanson Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Kidney Failure Well, I only have 3 days before I leave for Pheonix, AZ to begin the medical tests to see if I'm healthy enough to donate my kidney. I have to say that I'm a little anxious. N ... 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 »
"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 »
"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 »
"Let the Testing Commence" by Melissa Swanson Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Kidney Failure Well, I finally made it to Pheonix. I'm sitting in my hotel room. I met Masud, Sharmin, and their two little boys today at the airport. I spent the rest of the evening with ... Read on »
"Making the Decision" by Melissa Swanson Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Kidney Failure I decided to change the title of my blogs so that people searching on the internet could read about my experience. I have found a lot of comfort in reading about other people ... 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 »
"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 »