Arlette Whitaker so graciously share her story of waiting on the transplant list, but we are so happy to share that she received her life-saving kidney transplant in January 2013. For an update on her life now, please read this article from The Daily Reflector:
To read what life was like before her transplant, please read her story below!
I am on peritoneal dialysis (PD) and have been since 2007. PD is a great way to live if dialysis is needed. It allows me the freedom to adjust my schedule to attend the various functions in life and to work a full time job as a dialysis nurse. I am thankful for the technology that enables this. Having said this, a kidney transplant will be my best option and life will be restored to me.
Waking up daily and knowing that a kidney transplant is needed is a reality for me. I pray for the day that dialysis is no longer needed. Although transplant is not a cure, it is a much needed break from dialysis and the constant adjustment of your diet and medications. Receiving a kidney transplant would be nothing short of a miracle - after all, you are receiving life. A life for me to continue being a mother of two, a wife, a friend, a sister and a nurse. A transplant will not only bless me, but hundreds of others that are part of my life, or others whose life I will touch in the future.
I keep the faith that one day I will get the call for the perfect match that will enable me to enjoy life to the fullest once again. I pray that the blessings that I receive on that day will return a hundredfold to that person, or that person's family for the selfless act of giving. Give life, be a donor!