How to get a kidney, part 3

How to get a kidney, part 3

If disappointment strikes… In the previous two posts, we’ve covered what to do if you’re diagnosed with end-stage renal disease (ESRD). You discover your kidneys are failing and that dialysis is necessary to keep you alive. Ultimately, however, you want a kidney...
How to get a kidney Part 2

How to get a kidney Part 2

Your mission: a living kidney This is Part 2 in our series: “How to get a kidney.” So, you’ve been diagnosed with irreversible kidney disease and have made your desire for a kidney transplant known to your healthcare team. What’s next? Step five: Educate yourself. If...
How to get a kidney Part 1

How to get a kidney Part 1

So you just found out your kidneys are failing One day you go in for a physical, perhaps because you’ve been feeling just generally crappy—nauseous, poor appetite, muscle cramps, fatigue, sleeplessness. After reviewing your lab results, your doctor explains that your...