To be a living kidney donor, you have to be (a) young, (b) a family member of the recipient, (c) brave, (d) all of the above, or (e) none of the above?
(a) Wrong. I was 58. In fact, more than a third of living donors are over 50.
(b) Wrong. Though the largest group of donors are indeed family members, unrelated donors are an increasingly large portion of living donors.
(c) Wrong. “Brave” is certainly not a word ever used to describe me! As a self-described wimp, I relied heavily on my supportive and caring transplant team, who did all they could to accommodate my needs and concerns. The experience proved to be much easier than I expected (certainly easier than childbirth!).
(e) Bingo! Happily, none of the above.