Would You Lend Me Your Kidney?


I was watching Dr. Phil today – shocker, right?? Is there anything I DON’T watch?? Oh, yea…Wendy Williams. Anywho…The show was about tough family decisions. In the first story, there was a man who is desperately needing a kidney donation. His outcome is likely death without one. He has 2 adult children who refuse to donate one of their kidneys. Not because he was/is a bad dad…but because they are too afraid of what could happen to THEM. Even with the statistics in their favor by FAR, they are not willing to take these risks for their father’s life. I do. not. understand.

My mother had to have a kidney removed a couple years ago due to an injury. Her having only one and me being a fearful freak…I have been worried about her one functioning kidney since. There has never once been a doubt in my mind that I would be the first person to DEMAND to be tested as a match in order to donate one of mine if she ever needed it. I wouldn’t even have to think about it. And this is coming from someone who is afraid of everything. Death is my biggest phobia and going under the knife is a close second. But losing someone I love – someone I could have saved…that would be far more tragic. Shit, I’d probably do it for a stranger.

I don’t get people. What are your thoughts??


About Heather Rayne

I am a mom, wife, writer, volunteer, eater of food, lover of animals and avid TV enthusiast. I am opinionated, honest, compassionate and sensitive. I can also be difficult, hard headed and emotional. I consider myself to have a great sense of humor and am very attracted to that in others. I am striving to live an authentic life. I am attempting to learn how to find happiness in the now. I always have hope to be a better person. That being said - I can be vulgar, negative and even a little bitchy at times. I say what I mean and my filter is often dysfunctional. With me, what you see is what you get. I have strong opinions and am quick to speak my mind. This can cause problems from time to time but I do not ever intend to hurt or offend anyone. With that - be warned. I do hope you enjoy my site. Thanks for visiting and have a swell day.

4 responses »

  1. I had a very good friend donate her kidney to her now ex-husband. She was a match and he wasn’t healthy enough to get on a public transplant list. He rejected the kidney, his family blamed her, and things got ugly. He is still functioning with one kidney. HOWEVER, she doesn’t regret it. The surgery and recovery is way worse for the donater. But I would do it for a loved one if it meant they had a chance for a better life. My dad currently has 1 kidney and 1-1/2 lungs and is doing fine. Thanks for letting me share and make sure your driver’s license is marked accordingly with your wishes.

  2. I’ve lived with one kidney for 33 years with very few problems but I still always wonder – if something did happen, who would step up?

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