I am a local, La Crescenta woman in need of a kidney donation. I am a wife and the mother of a very active 9-year-old girl. I am writing this letter in efforts to make a plea to the readers of the Valley Sun. Organ donation is a miraculous gift that can be given before death.
In order to survive without any kidneys, I have to undergo peritoneal dialysis every day, which I do at home, using a portable machine. At times over the past year, I have also had to go on hemodialysis at the dialysis center for hours at a time. While on hemodialysis, my energy level fluctuates so severely that on days I have dialysis, I can’t plan any activities due to my weakened state.
I have been in and out of the hospital more than a dozen times in the last year because of complications related to my condition. Each time I am admitted into the hospital, I become more concerned about how my daughter will react. Her well-being is more important to me than my own health. Currently, I am unable to continue my volunteer work at Dunsmore Elementary, where my daughter is in fourth grade.