About Me

Were you a member of our Forum on http://TransplantBuddies.com

No


Where did you hear about Transplant Friends?

My niece


Are You Male or Female?

Female


Share - which illness led up to you needing a transplant?

Diabetes


Which Organ(s) did you receive? If you are on the waiting list, please share.

Kidney and pancreas


Drugs, vitamins, favorite foods

Zortress, progress, prednisones and about 12 more


How many years have you had your Transplant for?

Just over 2


I am Interested in Transplant Friends because...

Why not


Which Transplant Center has or will perform your life saving surgery?

University of Utah


Share how your transplant experience changed your life?

I am alive. I was just signing the paper work to stop treatment. I had just went home to see my family and in my own way say goodbye. The thing you always hear people say they wished they could have seen their loved ones one last time. So I didn't want any of mine to feel that way. My niece was the only one who knew why I had come home, how bad treatment had gotten, how devastating the 3 calls that I had already gotten were, and that I was stopping my treatment. However, my mom could tell something was off and asked me to have a blessing before returning home, so I did. Having my blessing inside my head was asking for my family to be ok with my choices while the three preforming my blessing was asking for me to be ok. During my blessing I could swear my grandfather and brother who had both passed and had help the priesthood were both laying their hands on my head to. It was so overwhelmingly emotional for me I just started crying, well no that's not right more like bawling. When they were done I just knew everything was going to be ok. In my mind I thought it meant for my family. Lol little did I know. So I get back home and in my mind I have one week left till I stop. I was now waiting for my son to get home from school for spring break to spend my last time with him. At this point still my niece is only one, not even boyfriend, who knew. Well two days into my visit I got the call. But for me all I could think was 'one more let down'. Me my guy and son went to lunch. My boyfriend right now being the only person who knows I got the call. I didn't want to tell anyone because I couldn't take all th'it will be ok' 'you will get it next time' support. So at lunch we laugh and have a drink (I rarely drink) saying here is the last drink I will ever have. Hahaha. My son looking at us like we are crazy. Two hours later we get a way different 2nd call saying we are checking to make sure who has the healthier match and they are viable. It was a very different call. In past it was always other person was a better match. Than At midnight they call and tell us to head that way. Saying behere by 8am. Stunned we get all our stuff together tell our son and head out. He was mad we didn't share or give him notice about the possible transplant. Which as we start making out 61/2 hour drive I start making calls to let everyone know we were heading to the hospital. Freaking out The Whole way my boyfriend pulls over and gets me out turns up the radio and danced with me under the stars. After that it seemed more like a dream. We get there and my dr headed out to remove the pancreas himself. Explaining they can be damaged so easy. So at 130pm we start my 9 hour surgery which was a perfect match and success. After this blessing, me being so close to stopping, already have my arrangements made and my dress already found but being completely stopped. I now know with out a doubt we do not make the choice when to stop GOD does. My faith which after losing my big brother and grandpa had hit an all time low is completely refreshed. I may not always agree with things that happen I do know he is there. My two plus some years have been extremely hard. We have went through 2 life flight trips. Many weeks in the hospital. Being very allergic to one of the approved meds for the double I have has given me many challenges. But for the first time in a long time I feel good and I even have a few positive side effects. Lol


Share whatever information you want us to know about you

I have a very amazing family for giving me the most loving support throughout all of this. I am truly blessed and loved loved. I also got to learn something that most people never get to learn how much someone would actually do to keep you in their life and to show you that They love ou. My coordinator said that I had more people willing to get tested for me than anyone else I've seen in a long time.


Share your interests and hobbies

Family, friends, my dog and watching my son race


What Part of The World Do you Live? Feel free to share city, state, country

Boise, id


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  • Thank you everyone for the warm welcome
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