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I donated in 2012 at the age of 61 to start a chain of transplants which means I donated to a stranger.  It was a great blessing as I got to know the man and his circumstances.  In 2019 my recipient died of cancer which because of immunosuppressants ravaged his body.  I said I started a chain, but the day after my donation I learned that the chain of seven had been broken when the next recipient was found to have a spot on his lung.  Another man did get a kidney because of me but I was quite disappointed.  I have spoken to groups over the years as a donor and have asked people to consider it.  I am not as passionate an advocate anymore but urge people to consider it with sober judgment as you seem to be.  One thing I would ask people to assume is this:  it is a sacrifice.  Obviously you are giving up a mass of nephrons.  But there are other aspects of that sacrifice that you may not discover till later.  I can only speak for myself.  My remaining kidney did not compensate enough to keep me from being diagnosed with CKD3.  A few years went by and I had an incident of atrial fibulation which can arise from kidney disease.  And it works both ways.  The Atrial fib can also damage my remaining kidney if left untreated.  That's what I mean by sacrifice.  There are many who seem to do quite well and you will find them here.  But no one should assume they will go unscathed by removing a major organ.   It was a great privilege to save someone's life for a time and use organ donation as an opportunity to honor God for his grace in my life.   Would I do it again?  It really does no good for me to try to answer that question.  Life doesn't work that way. 
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Living Donation Forum / Re: Considering donating a kidney want info/ experiences
« Last post by Fr Pat on June 17, 2021, 07:46:18 PM »
You can also, if you wish, post at the FaceBook pages of "Living Donors on Line" and "Living Kidney Donors Support Group". These days more donors and potential donors post there rather than here, so you would get more responses perhaps. I donated at age 56, 19 years ago and am doing fine.
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Living Donation Forum / Re: Considering donating a kidney want info/ experiences
« Last post by Michael on June 17, 2021, 04:56:02 AM »
A description of the evaluation process, surgery, recovery, and long-term risks can be found starting here: https://livingdonorsonline.org/kidney/

Several stories of kidney donation experiences are here: https://livingdonorsonline.org/donor-experiences/kidney-donation-experiences/

Hopefully, this information will get you started. Please feel free to post additional questions are you learn more.
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Hello, I am new to this forum so i'm sorry if this post doesn't belong here.

I am considering becoming a kidney donor to help someone in need but I am a bit apprehensive about it. I am blood type O+, in my 20s and a bit overweight would I even be accepted? Also if anyone has donated before how was your quality of life after and were there any noticeable changes? thank you all for any info.
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Living Donation Forum / Re: Cardiac Ablation with Donor CKD3?
« Last post by PastorJeff on June 11, 2021, 12:36:34 PM »
Thank you all for your kind, helpful and Sherri for your words informed by experience.  Thank you Father Patrick for your prayers. I see the EP (the heart electrician) this week.  It may turn out my wife has to have the same procedure.  I wonder if we could get a discount. ;-)
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Living Donation Forum / Re: Cardiac Ablation with Donor CKD3?
« Last post by Fr Pat on June 10, 2021, 08:19:59 PM »
Dear Jeff,
      I know nothing about the medical aspects, so can't offer any advice or information that would help. I can and do offer you my prayer and loving support.
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Living Donation Forum / Re: Cardiac Ablation with Donor CKD3?
« Last post by PastorJeff on June 09, 2021, 11:16:10 AM »
I think I have it figured out.  After donation my kidney did not compensate much and left me with CKD3.  A few years later the Atrial Fib kicked in.  The human body is very much interconnected.  One thing affects the other.  I believe the CKD caused the AFIB and now the AFIB can damage the kidney.  So now I'm looking at an Ablation which it has been found can improve renal function long term.  Anyway that's my theory based on researching a number of studies. 
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Living Donation Forum / Re: Cardiac Ablation with Donor CKD3?
« Last post by Michael on June 08, 2021, 10:50:26 AM »
Jeff,

Not exactly on point, but I have a friend -- not a kidney donor -- who had chronic afib. Had the ablation about 18 months ago and has been afib-free ever since. A big positive change for him.

Hoping for the best for you!
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Living Donation Forum / Re: Cardiac Ablation with Donor CKD3?
« Last post by sherri on June 08, 2021, 07:48:11 AM »
Pastor Jeff,

sorry to hear that you have developed some cardiac issues since donation. Cardiac ablation is a common procedure to stop A fib if not adequately controlled with medication. I used to work in cardiology as a vascular sonographer so I am familiar with this patient population. It does sound a little scary so i can understand your concern. Your electrophysiologist (the specialty in cardiology that deals with the electrical nature of the heart) can be a great resource.

Questions you can ask your nephrologist is about the effects of the medication you have been on for the A fib and how it effects kidneys. is it kidney friendly? The ablation per say, should not effect your kidney. Sedation will most likely be used so you can ask your nephrologist about the different medications and nephrotoxicity. You will have blood work before to check you kidney function.

if the ablation is successful you might be able to be off the A fib medication. do you take anticoagulation like aspirin, warfarin. eloquis or any of the other anticoagulation meds on the market? how has your nephrologist advised you with that? again, all risk versus benefit.

let us know how it goes. and wish you best of luck with your procedure.

Sherri
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Living Donation Forum / Cardiac Ablation with Donor CKD3?
« Last post by PastorJeff on June 07, 2021, 09:43:45 PM »
I have episodic Atrial Fib which can be bad for my solitary kidney.  It has been controlled with medication but now seems more frequent.  My cardiologist is advocating a cardiac ablation to stop the AFIB.  Has anyone here had that procedure?  Any words of wisdom?  I have been reading some studies and intend to speak with my nephrologist.  Thanks
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