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“I Will Not Lose, We Will Not Lose.”

“I Will Not Lose, We Will Not Lose.”

I came down with ESRD around 14 years of age. That’s when I went to Children’s Mercy Hospital to see a great kidney doctor by the name of Dr. Bradley Warady. He was the man that told me and my mother that I would have to do dialysis in order to stay living. At a very young age I had a lot of thoughts going through my head, to the point of like “how will I be able to live my life now?” I can remember my mother telling me that I have to stay strong for her, my family, and most of all, myself. Without the support from my mother, I wouldn’t have been able to do what I am doing today or what I did back then.

So I started dialysis when I was 16 years old at Children’s Mercy Hospital. They were like my home away form home. They took real good care of me for the longest five years of my entire life, but there are a lot of great memories at Children’s Mercy that I will always remember.  At a young age I grew up very fast because of my medical situation, and because of that it made me a better patient and a better man, in and out of the hospital. I graduated from Wyandotte High School while on dialysis. I started my college career on dialysis as well. I was on dialysis for three years before I got my first call for a transplant and I wasn’t a match the first time around. So I did dialysis two more years after that. During those years I thought I was going to be on dialysis for the rest of my life, until May 2004 when I got the call of my life and I got my first transplant. That day was the happiest of my entire life.

Now fast forward to the present time. My kidney lasted 5 years and I ended up right back on dialysis again. I am currently at Davita Wyandotte Central and am on the transplant list to receive my second kidney. I was put on the list back in January 2012, and within two months I got my first call, but I wasn’t a match. So you can see how I was feeling at that point in time. Three more months go by and I get a second call, and again, no match. So I am disappointed at this point but staying positive. Through all my hard times I was able to stay strong and keep a positive attitude about it all. That has made me overall a better person in life. Even when you are waiting for a transplant and feeling like there is no hope, there is always hope. If there are any patients right now waiting for a transplant, you have to stay patient because your time is coming sooner than you think! We will not lose.

Never take life for granted because any day can be your last. That’s the number one thing I have learned throughout my life and am still here. My ultimate goal is to go on to medical school and become a kidney doctor because I want to be able to give a doctor’s and patient’s perspective on ESRD. If anybody takes anything away from my story, don’t let your medical situation stop you from pursuing your dreams of becoming something great in life. I will not lose. 

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