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Hi John, your story sounds so similar to mine! I have been diabetic since I was 19. (I'm 53 now) When I was 47 my kidneys stopped working, and I began my two years of dialysis. I look at the people I met their as angels. It makes me cry to think that in that two years, I was the only one who got a transplant. Those magnificent people were completely supportive, never being resentful that they were there. I hope they are all smiling down from heaven, at peace, at last.
My son Drew gave me one of his kidneys. I have six brothers who were all tested. They were all B's, and I am an A. Both of my sons are A's (Lucky for me. While Drew's kidney was about three times as big as mine, it fit perfectly. After I woke up from surgery, my Doctor laughingly told me that he considered my kidneys as Volkswagons, and my son's was a Rolls Royce!! I have been doing great for three years now. I am in a wheelchair now. After 33 years of diabetis, I have neuropathy in my legs that makes it very difficult to walk. Oh well, I would say I am a very lucky woman!
During the last four years, my two sons and their lovely wives have blessed my husband Kevin and I with four grandchildren (Three girls, and one boy) with another grandson due in December! My cup so runneth over! I am so grateful to be here to get to know and love them all. My husband and I have been married for 30 years, in October. He is my soulmate, and I do not know what I would do without him.
Sounds like you have a very similar story, and a lovely wife who has stood by you with her love and support. We are two lucky individuals.. I want to give my support and experience to others who are starting this journey. I believe a good attitude is half the battle. Thank you so much for sharing your story, John. You made my day!!
God bless you
How are you doing now? I heard that after the transplant, very high chance that the cancer will be gone. Right?