I love that my living kidney donor, Sally Robertson, has been a part of my life since I was in 8th grade. I will always be in awe and forever grateful for Sally’s selflessness and gift of life. Not everyone knows who his or her donor is, nor communicates with them. I treasure that I not only know my donor, but share an indescribable bond with her. We are able to celebrate milestones together, like our upcoming 14-year transplant anniversary in August. In honor of National Donate Life Month, Sally answered a few questions about being a kidney donor and our organ donation journey.
Valen: What compelled you to get tested to see if you could be my donor?
Sally: You were a very dear friend of my daughter, Emily, and it was very difficult to watch you go through so much pain at such a young age, and not be able to help. I asked Emily if a transplant was an option, but she did not know if you would be eligible. I knew in my heart that the Lord was leading me to speak to your family about this and that He would make a way for this to happen, and He did!
Valen: How did you feel when you got “the call” that you were a match?
Sally: It was like Christmas morning to a child! I was so excited, humbled and in awe that I was a match and could not wait to call you and tell you the great news!
Valen: What was your biggest fear?
Sally: The thought that your body might reject the kidney scared me, but I knew this was part of the Lord’s plan and I needed to just continue to trust Him. He already had the answers to many of my questions and fears!
Valen: What has been your favorite part of our organ donation journey?
Sally: By far, my favorite part of this journey has been to watch you live your life in such a beautiful way and get to experience so many things that you may never have had the opportunity to experience otherwise.
Valen: What thoughts would you share with someone considering being a living kidney donor and/or organ donor?
Sally: You can do this. Don’t be afraid to say YES! Take this step and share yourself with someone in a way that will teach you what love is really all about.” Greater love has no one than this; that someone lay down his life for his friends.” You will be so very blessed!
I hope our journey inspires people to register to be an organ donor and consider being a living kidney donor. Register today at donatelife.net. For more information on living kidney donation, visit: unos.org/donation/living-donation/
Do you know who your organ donor is? If so, please share your story and connection to your donor.