I’ve known Tom and Jo for a long, long time and I can’t think of a more sweet couple who definitely have stories to tell. They compliment each other so much that it’s just amazing when you see them together. I hope someone will read this post and will step forward or know of someone who will step forward to help Tom. It’s wonderful the compassion people have for other people, even those they don’t know. But to know that you have the compatibility to save someone’s life, I think it will touch you to a point where you’ll step in and do it. Will you?
Per Tom’s wife Jo:
Dear Ones, I am in full campaign mode to find my sweet husband, Tom Lewis, a new kidney. So I’m contacting all my friends and asking those friends for this favor:
Please take a few minutes to read Tom’s post and help me get the word out. There is detailed info from Piedmont Transplant that explains the process and any conversation or questions to the doner coordinator is confidential.
So here’s my story…
I have been watching this decline for the last few years, knowing a transplant was on the horizon; two weeks in the hospital, here, a week there.
So we have arrived with Tom on dialysis, which we thought would be the great panacea, ending shortly thereafter with a magical new kidney.
Life is indeed tricky!
The strory Tom tells and what I see are two different stage plays. I see him sick more that well, and the process is sometimes very painful (inserting the needles into a graft in his arm) boarding on medieval, in my mind. The dialysis can last up to 5 hours and afterward he’s sick as well as the next day, too. This is three times a week.
So, while I am not a match for Tom, this week I will complete my evaluation to be a doner for SOMEONE. (so far I’m looking good :). The wait for a live doner is 4-7 year and if I can cut that time for anyone so they can get on with their life, then count me in! (The reality is that the operation not a big deal.)
So think about it, whether you can donate to Tom or not, consider donating to a stranger and really giving someone their life back.
Information on Becoming a Living-Donor Liver Transplant