Stayin’ alive

A kidney dialysis/transplant diary

A break from the story

Hello, if you’re here after reading today’s story in The Gazette or on GazetteOnline, welcome!

This is where you’ll find the background and personal reflections on this reluctant journey I’m making. To get the story in a more or less chronological order, read from the bottom up. You may want to grab a cup of coffee because I’ve got a lot to say. 🙂

If you have questions you’d like me to try to answer or find the answers to, please leave them in comments. I want to make this blog work for me and for you whether you’re a kidney patient, family, friends or just curious. 


October 29, 2007 - Posted by | dialysis, health, kidney, renal diet, transplant


  1. On November 29 of this year, I will be donating a kidney to my father. He is a 73 year old man with Type II Diabetes. I am so thankful that you are telling your story. Not only does the story of Type II Diabetes need to be told, especially since it is mostly preventable…but also the story of dialysis and transplants. What does a recipient go through? How long is the wait? AND….live donors!!! I’m certain that the list could be shortened if only people would consider donating their healthy kidney to a stranger (or loved one). When all of this came up in our family, I made the decision that if I could NOT donate to my father for some reason, but I could donate to a stranger, I would do so. It’s a wonderful gift, and a wonderful opportunity. Our surgery is at UIHC. The people there have been wonderful, and I am hopeful that all will go well, and we will have a spectacular Christmas!

    good luck to you!

    🙂 o.g.

    Comment by orange gearle | October 29, 2007 | Reply

  2. Orange —
    Thanks for the link from your blog. You’re an inspiration in your decision to donate whether or not it was to your father.
    My best wishes for both of you and please let me know how the surgery goes…of course, I can check your blog, too.

    Comment by iowakitkat | October 29, 2007 | Reply

  3. My blog is not dedicated solely to kidney transplant…I tell a lot of my stories on there. 🙂 However, if you search my blog for “kidney”, you can get a good idea of what we’ve been through this year. I think I went back and put a “kidney” tag on all of them too, so you can just click the kidney label and you won’t have to sift through all the music and political stuff. 🙂

    I look forward to visiting your blog often!

    🙂 o.g.

    Comment by orange gearle | October 29, 2007 | Reply

  4. Hi K – I emailed you separately but just wanted to say here that it is very courageous of you to share your experience publicly. There’s a lot of ups and downs through the diagnosis and treatment of diabetes and kidney disease, and it will help many people to follow along with your story. Thanks!

    Comment by Karol | October 29, 2007 | Reply

  5. very interesting, but I don’t agree with you

    Comment by Idetrorce | December 16, 2007 | Reply

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