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Should Claire Give a Kidney? write your own ending about donation and donors.

Updated on August 26, 2011

A Choice

The request hit Claire like an arctic tsunami, knocking her off her mental feet and leaving her shivering.

Her sister Dana had arranged a "three sisters only" outing to Dolly Sods Wilderness Area, full of crystal blue waterfalls. As they sat near Lilo's favorite waterfall, Dana announced that she needed a kidney from one of them.

Lilo offerred to be tested for matching immediately.

Claire, being afraid of even just needles, wanted to say "No." She, however, didn't want to put a fence of resentment between her and her sisters.

First she said she would be willing to be considered as a last resort, but she knew if it came down to her, she would refuse. How could she let Dana know she loved her, but would never comply? Claire had been a resource for Dana, getting information on a dialysis-friendly diet, but this gesture seemed anemic next to Lilo's willingness to give a kidney.


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      cathylynn99 6 years ago from northeastern US

      lots of kidney speak because i have an MD and other commenter is a nurse. i wrote about a real situation - names changed of course.the website in the comments is a public service organization dedicated to helping people with kidney disease. check it out. you worry a lot, joe.

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      Joe Cseko jr 6 years ago from New York, USA, Earth

      I see a lot of kidney speak here. Not just here, but in comment contributors, too. Comments pointing to Web sites? Something smells very spammy here.

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      cathylynn99 7 years ago from northeastern US

      happy, thanks for making this hub truly useful.

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      Gail Sobotkin 7 years ago from South Carolina

      This scenario is oh so real in today's era of kidney donations from living donors and the shortage of cadaver kidneys available for transplants.

      In the not too distant past, only close relatives could be considered for a match but with today's immunosuppresent medications it's often possible for more distant relatives, friends or even strangers to donate kidneys.

      I feel strongly that people like Claire should not be pressured to give away a kidney, but it appears that in this case the pressure is coming from Claire's own feelings of guilt and fear. I would encourage Claire to seek at least one counseling session to deal with her feelings, which are completely normal and probably more common than realized.

      If Lilo turns out to be a good match, there are many things Claire can do to support them both, such as offer ongoing emotional support or continue gathering facts about the pre-testing procedures, insurance coverage and post op care that will be required. If financial assistance is needed and she can afford to help that would be an important role she could play.

      Or she could be the one to find out what financial resources are available to help defray costs through charitable organizations such as the National Kidney Foundation or through a State Chronic Renal Disease Program, Medicare or Medicaid programs.

      Thanks for sharing this excellent hub.

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      cathylynn99 7 years ago from northeastern US

      Dialysis-friendly diet can be found at