You can’t always get what you want. I learned that from the Stones. They also said if you try sometimes, you just might find you get what you need.
For two boys, I’m dad. To my wonderful life partner and best friend, I’m a husband. And for 46 years, I’ve been Dr. Greenberg, psychologist to so many who have let me fulfill my career goal: helping adolescents and families. I’ve watched patients go through ups and downs, helping when I can and listening, always listening. Unfortunately, I have been struck with circumstances that bring me here, hoping that you’ll take some time and be my listener just this once.
In 1978 I found out I had just one working kidney, and even that one was only functioning at 50 percent. With the help of a wonderful team of caring professionals, I was lucky enough to remain stable until 2003, and for the past ten years I’ve gone through ups and downs, including a virus, surgery, and overall decline in the little kidney function I had left.
I have now reached a point where another band-aid on a big problem just won’t cut it. Kidney failure is 3-6 months away. My best option is a “pre-emptive transplant,” a transplant prior to dialysis, and none of my immediate family are viable donors. In the next twelve months, I need to find a living donor if I want to do the following things:
– See my sons walk down the aisle.
– Hold my grandchildren in my arms.
– Continue to learn and grow with my patients.
Kidney donation is the most frequent type of living organ donation and also has the highest rate of success. It only takes a bit of paperwork and a quick blood sample on your end, some labwork for the doctors and a lot of hope from anyone and everyone. My insurance is responsible for covering the medical costs associated with the living donor’s evaluation and the transplant.
Download and send in the Potential Donor Questionnaire available online here. After submitting it, call 312-695-0828 to reach Northwestern Memorial Hospital and schedule an appointment for a blood sample. If you live outside the Chicago area, please call and allow them to schedule a test at a hospital near you.
It only takes 15 minutes of your life to start, and it could add years to mine.
You can’t always get what you want, but a kidney transplant is what I need. And I’m trying.
Good luck in finding the live donor. Love Sarah Hilllman