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Living Donation Forum / Re: Pain management
« Last post by Fr Pat on Today at 03:22:08 AM »
Just bouncing this up to the top, to make it easier for someone to find.
Living Donation Forum / Re: Transplant Gifts, 2019
« Last post by Fr Pat on Yesterday at 04:20:16 AM »
www.arteryink.com specializes in T-shirts, posters, etc. with anatomical drawings. They will also custom print names, information, etc. on shirts with a kidney, liver, etc.
Living Donation Forum / Re: My recipient passes
« Last post by Orchidlady on May 15, 2019, 11:43:35 AM »
My sympathies to you and the family. Sorry to hear this.
Living Donation Forum / Re: My recipient passes
« Last post by Fr Pat on May 14, 2019, 07:13:15 AM »
I'm glad you decided to share this here and on the FaceBook page. People who are thinking of donating need to know the whole stories, not just the lovely initial success stories. You did a great thing.
Living Donation Forum / My recipient passes
« Last post by PastorJeff on May 13, 2019, 06:53:29 PM »
From a week ago Monday:  I returned two nights ago from San Diego where I spent time with my kidney recipient and his family. Today his wife notified me that he had died early this morning of the cancer that ravaged his body. My time with him, his wife and family was precious. He was once a stranger but became my close friend and brother.  It is very sad yet he had received the grace of 27 years from two kidney transplants. But more than that my friend and I believed that in Christ we fall asleep only to wake in the blessed presence of the Lord. So yes we who are left behind grieve but we grieve with hope.
Living Donation Forum / Re: Others seem to think i'm crazy, am I? Should I?
« Last post by AdrianFR on May 10, 2019, 06:22:51 PM »
Having the support of your wife and kids is probably the most important in my opinion.

I donated a kidney in 2015 to my co-workers Mom who I did not know at the time. I also did not have the full support of my Dad, and my siblings. Since then I believe that they have learned to appreciate what I did and how that impacted the other person.

As long as you are 100% certain of what you are doing and the reason for doing it then only you can decide whether to proceed or not. Not everyone will understand or agree and that is something that you will need to accept.

Whatever your decision, I wish you peace and strength.
Living Donation Forum / Others seem to think i'm crazy, am I? Should I?
« Last post by Genesis002 on May 09, 2019, 08:37:38 AM »
I've recently decided to perform an undirected liver donation and have the support of my wife and kids.  I can't really explain why, but it seems an obvious thing to do, in my opinion helping others is kinda' the whole meaning in life... 

As a parent, my father is understandably reluctant;  Given the invasiveness of the procedure and length of the recovery i probably would be hesitant in his shoes as well.  He and others just don't seem to understand or support the decision and i struggle to justify it to them.  They think it's crazy and something too risky and impactful to consider.

Obviously my perspective on the matter is slanted and limited, i'm seeking outside perspective (hopefully supportive, but not necessarily), and perhaps some help in more successfully explaining to others why it's okay to do.
Living Donation Forum / Re: Family support
« Last post by NadineP21 on May 04, 2019, 01:27:00 PM »
You might want to post this also at the FaceBook page of Living Donors on Line, as more donors check in there these days rather than here.
    best wishes,
      Fr. Pat
[/quoteFr Pat, thank you for your reply.  I have finally been approved.  Surgery is scheduled for 6/11.  Praying for a successful outcome for my nephew and me. 
Living Donation Forum / Re: Transplant Gifts, 2019
« Last post by Fr Pat on April 28, 2019, 02:05:14 AM »
Packets of assorted temporary "Organ Donation" awareness tattoos at www.orientaltrading.com , search "Organ Donation Awareness Tattoos"
Living Donation Forum / Re: Sweet Sixteen!
« Last post by Fr Pat on April 24, 2019, 08:17:15 PM »
     I,m a little bit ahead of you at 17 years, but it definitely continues to have a very enriching effect in my life. I sometimes compare myself to a so-so baseball player who always looks back to the treasured memory of the one time I actually hit a grand-slam homer in the bottom of the ninth!
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