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Make Life Happen! Welcome to all of you who visit. If you are looking into becoming a Living Donor and would like a detailed idea of my journey..scroll down and begin with the older posts first. I welcome any questions or topics that you would like to know more about.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Calling all Living Donors - Share your donor experience and help others!

It never ceases to amaze me how many people who are becoming living donors or contemplating the idea, continue to get in touch with myself and many other donors.
There is no question in my mind that this is because of the need to hear it from someone who has gone through the experience themselves, who is removed from the medical community and can help them understand what to expect in the process and what concerns they may have in the healing process afterwards.

As I have said in earlier posts, other than being an altruistic donor, mentoring to others is without a doubt one of my greatest joys! Numerous other donors have found that to be their mission as well. Although transplant centers do educate their donors particularly from a medical perspective, it is my opinion they would do a much better job to have an in-house advocate who has been through the process and can just spend time with a donor in a relaxed environment to anwer any questions they may have and the advantage to speak with someone who has actually gone through the process. One of the things that I feel strongly about is that one of the elements that medical staffs don't understand is that so many people are intimidated by them and their mind goes blank, or they think their questions are "stupid" or a waste of the staffs time.

I developed the survey below for Living Donors to share their experience so that I am able to along with several others who are mentors, hone in on the areas that they would like to have had better knowledge about so it can be passed on in the mentoring process to new donors.

It is simple, doesn't take more than 15 minutes to complete and will help to make the mentoring process even better for those who are dedicated to helping others through the process.

Here is the link for the survey, simply copy and paste it and it's that easy!


Giving takes many forms, sharing your experience will be a great help to others. Thank you for your participation and don't hesitate to let me know if you have any questions.