My name is Melinda, I’m a wife and mother. I discovered I had kidney failure in the year of 2007. I was tired and sick all the time. One night while my husband was out of town working, I had bad stomach pain. I couldn’t handle it so I went to the ER with my mother. The doctor did a lot of test and found that I had a lot of protein in my urine. They also told me that my kidneys aren’t functioning correctly.
I was referred to a nephrologist and I learned I was stage 3 kidney failure. I had no idea what was going on. In my opinion I thought maybe I had cancer because I had recently lost my brother to kidney cancer. It was really hard for me to process that I was sick. Everyday for me is a battle of sick days, good days, happy days, angry days, and I even have why me days. My husband and kids are what get me through those hard days. Without them I don’t know what I’d be like.
In 2009, I learned I was pregnant. I had kidney failure and I was pregnant. The doctors said that it wasn’t a good idea for me to be pregnant, plus my baby wouldn’t make it, he/she would perhaps be stillborn or born with disabilities or difficulties. They even had a specialist come and tell me I should have a medical abortion. Basically it was me or it’s the BABY. Well my husband is my rock and my strength, with a lot of prayer we decided to leave it in Gods hands. On July 27, I had a healthy baby girl.
Meanwhile my doctors did a lot of testing, blood work, biopsies and the cause of my kidney failure is STILL unknown.
Right now, I’m stage 5 and getting iron injections. My kidneys for now are stable at 10% but it’s still the same struggle everyday to just be “NORMAL.”
Until that day comes when I can hopefully be blessed with a new kidney and a gift at living a life that doesn’t consist of being sick all the time. Until that day comes I will remain strong and keep fighting.
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