I barely walked, ate, even breathed at this point. My body was failing me, but had I failed my body by not going to the ER sooner?
It’s been a long and difficult journey; mentally, physically and emotionally.
I’m a 22-year-old that had to put my entire life on hold because of this disease. Now I live daily with the help of dialysis (life support), and I endure a lot of symptoms of kidney disease.
The only way I can live an “almost” normal life is if I get a transplant. Here, the wait list for me is 13 years.
Because of this, I post about my need for a kidney while also spreading awareness for the disease.
In the beginning, I was hopeless and felt that I didn’t contribute to the world, but as time went by, I learned and grew. I’ve gotten to know myself better and realized that it all takes time and I do contribute even if it’s just a tiny bit.
I possess a positive outlook because I know I don’t have total control over my situation, so I try to make the best of it. I’m not going to just sit still and wait till I get a transplant to have “perfect” moments.
I’m going to do the most I can to be happy in each present moment while still taking into consideration my physical limitations and illness.
I hope that others out there in my position can feel the same because it’s no way to live if you let your illness create a dark cloud over your life. Do things that make you happy no matter how big or small.
This story is intended to convey a personal experience and, because every person’s experience is unique, should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.