Dear Friends and Family:
As some of you know, and many of you don't, my love Michael Devany has a very serious kidney disease that has now resulted in the need for immediate dialysis, and a kidney transplant. Our families are being tested as live donors, and the hope is that one of us will be a match, so that he can have an immediate transplant. If he has to be on the transplant list, it's estimated to be 3-5 years before he may get a kidney.
Getting a new kidney will allow him to have a much better quality of life over the next few years, and while it is not a cure for his disease, it is definitely the best option for treatment. It keeps him from being dependent on dialysis, and allows him to live as normal life as possible.
Being a donor is much easier than you may think!
As a donor you are only in the hospital for 1-2 days, and off work for about 2 weeks. Michael's health insurance pays for everything but your time off work, including follow up appointments. We can all live normal lives with only one kidney, but you could save a life by donating one that you don't need. How amazing would that be?
Michael's blood type is O- so a donor will need to be an O as well. There is also a paired donation program which means that while he may not have a willing donor who matches him, he may have one who matches someone else, and that person has someone who matches him, etc. Thus, the reason I am posting this on my blog, to spread the word.
If you are interested in finding our more about donating, or would be willing to be tested, please call the OSU Transplant Center at 1-800-293-8965 and request a packet in Michael's name.
You may or may not have any interest in donating, and that's okay. We understand. But there are a couple of things I would like to ask you to do...
First and foremost, say a prayer for Michael, for us, and for our families as we travel down this unfamiliar road. Most importantly, pray for a live donor for him. While we have anticipated getting to this situation "at some point", we thought we had more time to plan our course. Unfortunately things have changed and now we're here. So we need all the people who we love, and who love us, to include him in your prayers.
The second thing I ask you all to do is to share this on your blog. You all have many followers....you never know who out there is in a similar situation, who has contacts as far as kidney donors that we don't have, or who might have their own live donor that doesn't match them but could be a match for us. So if you will do that for us, we would be forever grateful.
Michael and I, as well as the Devany and Reeg families, thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your support and love.
You're the best.
Love, Julie & Michael