Kirsten Ernesaks: Gift of 8 Campaign

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I am 33 years old, and I need a Kidney! At the age of 20 I was diagnosed with kidney disease, and I was told I would need a kidney transplant. In 2004, after 3 long years of dialysis, I was blessed to receive a kidney from a living donor. It's been 8 years since that transplant, and the freedom it had gave me is indescribable. Other then taking a few anti-rejection drugs I was able to live a very normal life. I was able to travel, I was able to eat the foods I wanted, I was able to work, and so much more. Recently, that transplanted kidney failed. I had to go back on dialysis. I go to the hospital 3 times a week, for 3 and a half hours a day. I have lost my freedom, and it is all very hard. The only thing I can do is wait for a new kidney, but because the list is so long I could be waiting a very long time. My goal is to stay healthy long enough to one day have another transplant, and get my freedom back. Dialysis isn't a way to live, it's just life support.

Organ donation is the gift of life. Please help me, by registering.

I understand deciding to donate your organs can be a difficult and a personal decision. I would never want to force that decision on anyone. What I am asking is for you to take a minute and think about it. I want you to know that when you no longer need your organs that there are many, many people who could use them. Organs don't have die, they can live on in someone like me.

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