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Maggie Lawrence of Bala Cynwyd, PA

For years I had been using drugs and alcohol to run from the fact that my mother was murdered. I became aware of a kidney "problem" in 2000 when I had my youngest daughter at the age of 35. Still, this wasn't enough to make me stop using. I was under the impression that only one kidney was bad. In 2005 I sought help for my addiction. In 2007 I learned that both kidneys were bad. I managed to maintain function for two more years with the help of my nephrologist. The belief is that I was born with small kidneys, the pregnancy and abuse I put my body through exacerbated this condition. I was had my first dialysis treatment on October 27, 2009, the day before my 45th birthday. It wasn't an ideal situation, but it kept me alive. I had found a new way of life when I sought help for my addiction, and had faith that I could get through this too! My friend was tested and she was a match. Recovery was hard, the meds made me sick at first, but I got through it. My health has never been better, I have lots of energy and I have all that I ever needed today.

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