By Debbie Stickel, Pediatric Alliance — Administrative Office




The decision to be an organ donor for most can be a difficult decision and, to be honest, one that I never really thought about.  Every four years I would get a new driver’s license, and every 4 years the nice clerk would ask: “Do you want to be an organ donor?”  My response was always: “No thank you.” That was until my husband, Jeff, who had been dealing with Polycystic Kidney Disease, needed a kidney transplant.

Our transplant coordinator’s first question was whether we had any family or friends who would be willing to be a living donor.  I am not even sure I hesitated before offering to be tested.  After many tests to determine our blood types, health status and the condition of my kidneys, it was determined that I was a candidate to donate.  This was not an easy decision for my husband and me to make; we had 2 small children at the time and we both worked full time.  But with the support of our family and my employer, Pediatric Alliance, we made the decision that I would be my husband’s living donor.

The procedure for me was done laparoscopically and only required 3 days in the hospital.  The recovery at times for me was painful, but it has never been a decision that I have regretted.  My husband said he instantly felt so much better after receiving a fully-functioning kidney.

This April 25th will mark 10 years since Jeff received his new kidney — definitely something our family will be celebrating! April is National Donate Life Month; use the links below to learn more about life-saving contributions that people make every day.

Jeff and our daughter Jessica at the Fight PKD Walk 2011

Jeff and our daughter Jessica at the Fight PKD Walk 2011






PKD Foundation