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“I simply began crying there within the chair. I used to be ecstatic.”
PANAMA CITY — Melanie Taylor’s story to restoration is totally different. It wasn’t the sudden well being situation that modified her life, it was the precise one she had anticipated — however not so quickly.
“I used to be born with a genetic dysfunction that my dad had and his brothers had. It is polycystic kidney illness. Normally whenever you get to your 40s and 50s, you begin to have issues along with your kidneys,” mentioned Taylor, who at 43-years-old anticipated a number of extra years earlier than needing a transplant. “After Hurricane Michael, mine appeared to fail sooner than anticipated.”
The illness causes cysts to develop within the kidneys and intrude with filtering waste merchandise from the blood, making a transplant a life-saving process for folks with the illness.
From August 2018 to January final 12 months, Taylor’s blood work confirmed progressively poorer outcomes. She blames the stress of the hurricane for exacerbating the situation, as regulating blood stress is crucial to kidney operate.
“I assumed I had about 10 years (earlier than needing a transplant),” she mentioned. “I blame the hurricane.”
By August final 12 months, Taylor could be added to a residing donors listing — although it wasn’t clear for the way lengthy. Within the meantime, she needed to shift her weight loss plan to plant-based, carefully monitor her blood stress and mentally put together to indefinitely look forward to a qualifying donor.
“I felt like we have lived in limbo,” she mentioned. “It was like an emotional curler coaster of if I’ll should go on dialysis, will I’ve a donor and the way else will I’ve to change my life to get this finished.”
A number of missed calls displayed on her cellphone whereas at dialysis two weeks in the past would sign a change to the tide of uncertainty — it was a name from her donor.
“I simply began crying there within the chair,” Taylor mentioned. “I used to be ecstatic.”
Native resident Jennifer Bowman, a 50-year-old mom of six youngsters and grandmother of seven, mentioned it was one thing she had lengthy considered, and after seeing a put up on Fb in December about Taylor’s story, she merely wished to assist.
“I simply did it,” she chuckled. “It by no means crossed my thoughts that they’d truly name me.”
The ladies shared the identical social community, however didn’t know one another personally.
“I simply really feel prefer it’s one thing that must be finished,” Bowman added. “She wants it, and I do not essentially should have it. And he or she has to have it to outlive.”
By the point Bowman referred to as Taylor, she had already accomplished testing for residing donors at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville. The surgical procedure is scheduled for Might 1.
A social media web page has been began to assist Taylor with journey, lodging and meals bills. As of Thursday, the marketing campaign had raised about $8,000.
“Our response was unbelievable,” Taylor mentioned, including insurance coverage will cowl all surgical procedure bills for her and her donor. “We have got above that which we had been aiming for. We’re simply actually grateful.”
Taylor will keep all through Might after which might be in restoration for about three months domestically.
Bowman will stay in Jacksonville for 2 weeks after the surgical procedure, after which placed on minimal motion for the next six weeks. She mentioned her donation is a results of experiencing and sharing braveness through the aftermath of Hurricane Michael.
“I feel Hurricane Michael modified lots of people,” Bowman mentioned. “I am probably not afraid of something anymore. I have never actually been anxious about it, however it undoubtedly looks like the fitting factor to do.”
On Friday, Taylor accomplished her ultimate full week of dialysis. She mirrored on how the journey has impacted her life.
“I feel I simply perceive how way more grateful I’m for my well being,” Taylor mentioned. “I actually have turn out to be conscious of how great our family and friends are and the way giving they’re.”
Each girls mentioned they plan to carry consciousness to the method of turning into a residing donor and assist others discover donors.
“In the event that they’re wholesome sufficient, they need to do it,” Bowman mentioned.
“It is a fantastic alternative; it is a selfless act,” Taylor added. “And folks must see it is come to this point within the final 20 years. It’s not as difficult a surgical procedure because it was. She mentioned, past surgical procedure, it builds a particular bond between folks.
“Regardless of the place Jennifer and I dwell or are for the remainder of our lives, we are going to all the time have that connection,” she mentioned.
To turn out to be a donor, go to MayoClinic.org/livingdonor.
Comply with Melanie Taylor’s transplant story on Fb by looking for Melanie’s Kidney Journey. Make a donation to assist cowl journey and lodging-related bills, go to PayPal.me/MelanieKindeyJourney.
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