Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Happy Birthday to my Kidney!

Three years ago I received a kidney transplant from my older sister. In 2004 I was diagnosed with end stage renal disease and had to be on dialysis for 15 months. After recovering from an infection and undergoing tests, I was able to proceed with steps to get a transplant.

My older sister immediately offered to be a donor. She often jokes that it would be easier than watching my kids. So, on Dec. 2, 2005 we underwent the procedure at THE Ohio State University Medical Center.

I felt better instantly and have been doing well ever since. Even though I would have been happy to receive a transplant anytime, I am so blessed that it came in December-the season of giving.

So, happy birthday to my kidney and thank you to my hero, my sister.


CloverGirl said...

That is so wonderful, Benita!!! Happy birthday.

Lee said...

Happy birthday, indeed. I thank your sister, too! :)