How can I ask someone to be my donor?
Share your story
Explain what chronic kidney disease is like for you. Your family and friends may be unaware or don’t understand the full extent of your struggles with kidney disease.
Find an advocate
Whether it’s a loved one, friend or co-worker an advocate is someone who you trust and can lend a hand when you need it most. Your advocate can be your voice of reason and the catalyst between you and a kidney transplant.
Spread the word
It may take some time and resources to find the right living donor, so cast the net far and wide to reach as many people as possible about your needs.
Engage your potential donors
It is important to help potential donors understand how they will be involved, thank them for their support and let them know your relationship will not change if he or she isn’t a match. Keeping an open and positive dialogue with your donors will help contribute to a better transplant process.
Preparing for surgery
A kidney transplant is a major procedure and can be overwhelming just thinking about it. Planning ahead for your surgery can help you focus on improving your health, instead of worrying about the procedure.
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Things to consider
Coping with emotions on the transplant journey
Living with your new kidney can lead to feelings of depression and anxiety. Understand the different emotions you could experience after kidney transplant surgery, and how you can find ways to cope with them mentally.
Find a clinic near you
With over 71 dedicated dialysis units and a presence in every major metro across the country, you’re never far from the support you need.