By writer to pressofatlanticcity.com
GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP — Stacey M. Rodenas has three kidneys and two pancreases.
Rodenas, 34, named her new organs “Frank” and “Pank.” She says she has a “darkish humorousness,” one thing that has given her the power and positivity wanted to outlive kidney failure and an organ transplant.
Immediately, after the life-saving process, Rodenas is working full time as an EMT by way of the COVID-19 pandemic, elevating her 9-year-old son as a single mom and advocating the significance of organ donation with a corporation known as Present of Life.
Rodenas was identified with Sort I diabetes when she was 11. Sweets, snacks and a poor weight loss plan prompted her to turn into insulin dependent.
“If you’re younger, you don’t actually take into consideration issues like that. Everybody tells you, ‘Oh, in case you don’t handle your self, you’re going to finish up having points.’ You assume you’re invincible, so that you sort of simply do no matter you need to do,” mentioned Rodenas. “I might eat issues and make up for it with my insulin, and ultimately I simply misplaced management of my diabetes.”
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In December 2016, Rodenas was identified with end-stage renal illness, a results of her diabetes, that might regularly make her kidneys fail. From there, Rodenas began peritoneal dialysis, performing the therapy on herself at residence in a single day after receiving the required coaching, and started the method of getting on a transplant record.