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Offline elephant

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My kidney has moved on
« on: March 28, 2017, 05:15:35 PM »
My recipient, and Daddy, passed away last weekend.  Our surgery was in April 2011, so we had nearly six years together post-transplant.  He had fantastic kidney function the entire time, but developed untreatable cancer. 

I'm really grateful I was able to give him a kidney when I did.  He SO enjoyed life.  We were always close, but shared a very special bond after the surgery. 

I'd be happy for anyone who will say a prayer for us (Julia and John) , and for all donors and recipients.

Love, elephant

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Re: My kidney has moved on
« Reply #1 on: March 28, 2017, 07:03:24 PM »
I am so sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. I have been following your posts since you donated. The bond you shared with your Dad was so palpable from all your posts. Hope the memories you have will be a comfort to you. What a beautiful gift you gave your Dad.

Julia and John in my thoughts and prayers!

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Re: My kidney has moved on
« Reply #2 on: March 28, 2017, 07:19:15 PM »
So sorry.   :(

Glad you had those 5-6 years with him, though.  (I'm an atheist, but I do still wish you well  :) ).
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Re: My kidney has moved on
« Reply #3 on: March 29, 2017, 04:05:40 AM »
     You gave him a great gift, and you were gifted by him. Treasure that always. God grant him peace and joy, and you also.
   Fr. Pat

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Re: My kidney has moved on
« Reply #4 on: March 29, 2017, 02:42:25 PM »
Thank you sherri, CK and Fr. Pat for your kind responses. 

Daddy's "extra" six years of happy life are a joy to me as a daughter and an honor for me as a donor. 

Love, elephant

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Re: My kidney has moved on
« Reply #5 on: March 29, 2017, 04:03:07 PM »
Best wishes, Julia. Take care. We're thinking of you.
Unrelated directed kidney donor in 2003, 56 gallon blood & platelet donor and counting!
Rep to the OPTN/UNOS Boards of Directors & Executive, Kidney Transplantation, & Ad Hoc Public Solicitation of Organ Donors Committees 2005-2011

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Re: My kidney has moved on
« Reply #6 on: March 29, 2017, 10:31:30 PM »
You gave your dad - and yourself - a wonderful gift of six more years together. I'm sorry for your loss, and will keep you, your dad, and all donors and recipients in my thoughts.
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Re: My kidney has moved on
« Reply #7 on: March 30, 2017, 04:40:46 PM »
So very sorry for your loss, elephant.  A father is so very special to a daughter. Prayers to you and your family and I am sure you made his last years much happier with your gift.
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Re: My kidney has moved on
« Reply #8 on: March 30, 2017, 08:23:42 PM »
Dear Clark, OrchidLady ad Michael, 

I appreciate the support and thoughtful words.  Yes, we sure had some very happy family times that I treasure. 

Love, elephant

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Re: My kidney has moved on
« Reply #9 on: April 03, 2017, 10:51:51 AM »
I'm very sorry for your loss. But your gift allowed him to have "bonus" time that I'm sure you appreciated having.

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Re: My kidney has moved on
« Reply #10 on: April 09, 2017, 06:05:48 PM »
Dear Julia,
a prayer for you and your dad...and a prayer for you to look forward to the day when you will see him again and embrace him one more time.

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Re: My kidney has moved on
« Reply #11 on: April 10, 2017, 07:17:53 AM »
I pray that God return to you a generous measure of the love that you have expressed on here and I'm sure elsewhere.  Each day is a gift and God used you to extend many gifts to your dad.  A privilege...

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Re: My kidney has moved on
« Reply #12 on: April 11, 2017, 07:10:41 AM »
Dear pilot, Papa and Pastor,

Thanks for the prayers and kind thoughts!  Daddy was buried last weekend, on a lovely sunny day with flowers and green grass all around.  And with a little bit of me, one that fulfilled an amazing purpose.   

love, elephant

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Re: My kidney has moved on
« Reply #13 on: April 14, 2017, 10:09:35 PM »
Elephant:  A thought: grief hurts, loss hurts yet it seems to me also a testimony to the nature of a special, loving relationship--in your case you and your dad. 

 

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