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Jessica’s Story (Kidney Disease)

jessHello world, where do I start? Well my name is Jess and I am 24 year old. As a baby I started to have kidney problems at 13 year old. The doctor told my beautiful mother that I would need to be put on dialysis. My mother told them no, and she said to please come up with a better option. When I was 14 year old my mother got tested to see if she can give me a kidney but she was not my match. My daddy also got tested but he was not a match. Finally, my sister was tested and she was my match. October 18, 2004 was the day that my life changed and my sister gave me a kidney. I was really happy that I took good care of that kidney until last year February 27, 2013.

I can remember everything as if it were yesterday which was on a Wednesday. I had went to the doctor for a follow up weeks before, I was already feeling sick and was trying so hard not too tell anyone. Every time I came from work I went to sleep, I kept loosing weight, and I was not eating. I didn’t have any energy to do anything. At my follow up I pretending to be good. The doctor then kept calling my phone and I would not answer she then texted and said I needed to hurry and get back to the hospital. She then took me in a room and said what have I done, my kidney was not looking too good. I pretend to not know but deep down I did know.

I was admitted to the hospital with tubes every where fighting for my life. One day I was dreaming and I dreamed that all I saw was water, I dreamed that people were near and my family was scared to come out the water. Then God said my child don’t be ashamed to lift your beautiful head up because my son Jesus has you. I lifted my head up and God said I have another life. I woke up singing that I have a second chance, that God saved me.

Three months later the doctor told me my kidney could not be saved, it was damaged. I later confessed that I had stopped taking all of my medications. So many people have asked why but only God would understand that I felt lost, stressed out, wanted to give up, money problem but had a job, and relationship problems. I had God and Jesus and didn’t feel love but I learned that my family always had loved me… what was I thinking? I can now say a mind is a terrible thing to waste. If you have a life then live it, never complain because there is someone that is worse off. I learned that every day is a blessing.

I felt lost after my kidney failed I had a hard time forgiving myself when my sister forgave me the same day. I had many break downs asking why. I was almost in the depression stage. Thank you for everyone that supported me since day one. I am on dialysis now and it can get tough but I won’t stop fighting because I made it this far. I know once I leave this dialysis life I will appreciate it because I have a fistula that is never coming out of my arm, so I can touch my arm and it will vibrate.

I pray every night that one day I find my match again I want a kidney please if you is reading this please reach out to me even if you going through the same thing or something similar I can use a real friend. Please support me. You can also like my page on Facebook just type in “Jess Is Claiming That Kidney.” In Jesus’ name no matter what you are going through in your life just know God is a healer, just trust in him because prayer change things. Just try him every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday God and I are at the hospital. Yes it does get tough  and I do get tired but we have an awesome God. May your day be as blessed and beautiful as you are.

Submitted 05/04/2014

The informational content of this article 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.

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.

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