Tuesday, January 14, 2014

With Brave Wings She Flies


God is good at shifting our perspective just when we need it.

I'm facing some pretty difficult times ahead and my heart is breaking.  I'm nervous and scared and unsure.  But this evening I checked my Facebook to find a post about a high school friend facing an even bigger challenge.  

In 2007, my friend Jaime was diagnosed with Medullary Sponge Kidney Disease. This past July, she learned the disease was genetic and had progressed into the last stages of renal failure.  She almost died.  It was clear the process of getting on the kidney transplant donor list needed to begin quickly.  She made it by November 3rd.

Her husband George wanted to give his kidney to the love of his life, but the chances of him being a match were 1 in 30,000.  As it turns out, HE IS A MATCH!  Isn't God incredible? 

With George donating his kidney, they will both be off work and will need a lot of help.  The recovery period will be 6 to 8 weeks, with his taking longer as his body will adjust to functioning with one kidney.  Jaime will have to take anti-rejection medication for the new kidney for the rest of her life, costing $1,825.05 a month after insurance.  Her transplant date is set for February 5!

Although my upcoming life change will be a very difficult adjustment, I'm going to get through it.  I'm not going to face some of the struggles Jaime will face, but I do believe we'll both be blessed and loved and will see many other dreams come true!  AND we can use our stories to help others endure and overcome similar challenges!  

Paying it forward feels good.  If you would like to donate towards raising funds to help offset Jaime and George's medical expenses, visit the GoFundMe link set up by Jaime's sister Dawn!  Every amount adds up and it's truly a wonderful feeling to help!


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