Stephanie P.

Celebrating Organ Transplant Longevity

Organ Transplants with 25 Years or More Survival of the Transplanted Organ

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I am a live, altruistic donor, and I have joined to gain perspective. I hope to meet my recipient in a few months, on our one year anniversary, and all that I know about him is that he is a young man. that he is doing great, and that he wants to meet me and my family!

My name is Stephanie, I am happily married, we have five children, Ty 28, married to Shannon with our grandchildren, Kendra, Tristan and Tylan, 9, 8 and 7. We have Trey 25, just back from Baghdad, Iraq and married on July 2nd to Kylene, we have Chris 25, also just back from Baghdad, Iraq, married for two years to Amanda and they called last night to tell us we are going to be grandparents to their first child in 8 months! We have McKayla, 22, married to Mark and they have our currently youngest grandchildren, Noah is 2, and Luke is 1. Lindsay, our youngest, is 15, and in love! At 49 and 45, we are the proud grandparents of almost 6! All of our children, and Harold, my husband, and my rock, were great support when I decided to donate. I won't say that they weren't surprised, but, they were supportive!

It was one of the most amazing experiences of my life, and I would do it again tomorrow! I cannot convey the blessing that this young man has been to me, he changed my life every bit as much as I am praying I changed his! I would appreciate any thoughts that any of you might have on his point of view. I don't want him to ever feel obligated to me, I want him to understand what this meant for me, the need is so great....I wish that there was an awareness of altruistic donation...I had to do so much research to find a doctor willing to hear me out!

I will leave it at that for now, I tend to get very excited when I find the minority that can relate to my feelings, and I could talk forever! Thank you again for allowing me to be a small part of your world! God Bless and be well, Stephanie

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