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My Almost Non-Existence

Before reading this post, please note that this is a sensitive topic for many. It is not meant to take any sort of political stance on the issue. However, I...

Lifelines to Our Future

I stood tall as I felt the cold tape measure run down the center of my spine. Mom said, “15 inches.” This was definitely not something I would wish another...

Angels Among Us

My body was starting to wake up from the anesthesia. It didn’t take but a second to realize something was different from previous surgeries. I looked up quickly to notice...

The Bloody Truth

It was several years after my transplant as I sat in a lecture at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine with a room full of med students. I looked up...

How I Saw My Kidney Transplant

“Valen! Look at this!” Dr. Robert Montgomery exclaimed. My world-renowned transplant surgeon cradled the chalk-white kidney in his hands and seconds later, the mustachioed, rock ‘n’ roll music-loving doctor transformed...