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Janet Josephson’s automotive that reads “Be my hero. I would like a kidney.” | Courtesy Tristi Meservy
SALEM — It’s not each day you see a automotive with a message on its window saying, “Be my hero. I would like a kidney,” however a neighborhood lady is hoping that word will present a miracle.
Janet Josephson, 56, is married and has three youngsters, all of their 20s. About six years in the past, the Salem resident went into kidney failure, and since then, her situation has gotten worse. She’s been on dialysis for nearly three years and has to endure the process at house each night time.
“They hold monitor of the proportion (of what your kidneys are performing at) up till the time that you just go on dialysis,” she says. “The final time they checked, my kidneys had been at 9%.”
Docs aren’t positive what contributed to her kidney failure, and Josephson says it’s not hereditary on her facet of the household.
“You don’t notice that the kidneys flush the toxins out of your physique and the toxins could make you actually sick and drained (in case your kidneys aren’t working),” she mentioned. “You possibly can’t actually pinpoint it, however you don’t really feel good. It’s not like your nauseous. It’s not just like the flu or a chilly. You simply don’t really feel proper.”
Across the similar time Josephson began dialysis, she thought she was placed on the kidney transplant record, however “someplace alongside the road,” she says she bought “misplaced within the system.” It wasn’t till just a few weeks in the past when her identify was truly added to the record.
“It’s been actually irritating,” Josephson says. “(We had been instructed), ‘You haven’t been on the record, and no one’s been making use of,’ and we’re like, ‘We all know individuals have been making use of as a result of they’ve referred to as us and instructed us they simply bought completed filling out the appliance.’”
The household determined it’s time to take issues into their very own palms and hopefully velocity issues up by encouraging individuals to see if they’re a match for Josephson.
Janet Josephson | Courtesy Janet Josephson
Josephson drives her Nissan Xterra throughout city with a brief seven-word message explaining her state of affairs alongside together with her telephone quantity. Her husband has additionally been posting on Fb about his spouse’s want for a kidney in an try and unfold the phrase.
“I began out tremendous optimistic, however I’ve gotten not so optimistic,” Josephson defined. “I’ve had quite a lot of days the place I don’t really feel prefer it’s going to occur.”
All through this course of, Josephson has continued working at Dairy Queen in Rexburg. She says she used to “outwork all the youngsters youthful than herself,” however these days, it’s been extra of a battle for her.
“You possibly can really feel when your kidneys take a drop,” she says. “At first, I used to be hiding it fairly good … however individuals are beginning to discover now.”
Regardless of the circumstances, Josephson is holding onto a sliver of hope that she’s going to discover a donor. To see for those who could be eligible to be a donor for Josephson, click here. When it asks who you wish to be a donor for sort Janet Josephson and the transplant location is Murray, Utah.
To comply with up in your software name Megan Porter at (801) 507-8365.