Hello, My name is Shelley. I am so excited to be part of this! Allow me to share a little about myself. I was diagnosed with renal failure in the 1990's due to a Chronic Illness called Systemic Lupus Erythematous. Later I received the diagnosis of total renal failure resulting in six years of daily peritoneal dialysis. As time went by on dialysis, battle with infections from peritonitis, etc., I was eventually informed by the Medical Team that the possibility of my receiving a transplant were nil at best. I'd need a 100% match. That was indeed devastating. In my six years of dialysis, failing health, I received an unexpected call that there was a new medicine that has been developed and on market that I may benefit greatly from, thereby, improving my chances of not only becoming a better transplant candidate but greatly improving my chances of keeping the transplant. This was the most wonderful news I'd heard in a long time in regards to my health besides the day the hospital called me to let me know..."We have a kidney for you. Can you come to the hospital now?."
I will have had this beautiful gift for going on 21 years now this coming July! I am truly Blessed. There was a time in my life when I thought I'd wouldn't be hear to see my children grow up to adulthood or see my grandchildren. I have done both.
Now it is my time to give back. I participate in the Free Pre-screenings that the National Kidney Foundation holds in Arizona. I have spoken at different events, telling my story to inspire others not to GIVE UP.