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Kaley: With thanks, a new kidney and a new pancreas

Kaley, transplant recipient

I struggle to find the right words to express my thanks and gratitude to my donor and his family. I am the most talkative, and yet I can’t seem to find a way to express my condolences for their loss, for my second chance at a new life, and for how these two events intersect. I cannot ever thank them enough for choosing to give in one of their hardest moments.

I was on dialysis for over two years and was diabetic for as long as I can remember. Before my transplant, I would spend weeks in the hospital, struggle with countless medical issues, and my life was on hold.

A new kidney and a new pancreas from my donor changed everything.

Nearly a year after surgery, I still tear up with gratitude daily. I am no longer attached to a dialysis machine every night. I am no longer diabetic with patches, monitors, and shots. I am healthier than I have ever been. I have vowed to give my new organs the best possible life. I have gotten engaged, have traveled, and am healthier than ever. Every single day I am overwhelmed with thanks for the health-filled life I get to live. I will never forget the kindness of my donor and his family.

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