Living Kidney Donation: Deryl's Story
Deryl donated his kidney to Steve and found that he benefited from his generous act nearly as much as his friend.
"I gave one of my kidneys to my old friend, Steve, from Princeton, Illinois. We're not blood relatives, but after the amazing experience we went through together at UW Hospital, we are now brothers in the deepest sense of the word.
"I wish I could put into words the feeling that being a living donor brings to your soul. The person that you help needs something amazing to occur in order to return to a normal life. You can make that happen. Dialysis is a miracle, but it is not a cure.
"I truly believe that I gained more from the experience than Steve did. It's true that as a living donor your daily ritual may be temporarily disrupted as mine was. I live in New York, and Steve is a family man back in my hometown in Illinois. There was a bit of travel involved. However, you will find that your employer will understand the gravity of the situation.
"All I can say is that there is no greater calling than being a living donor. My life will never be the same. The thought of our experience crosses my mind almost daily. Sometimes I get goose bumps just out of the blue.
"If you're in a position to help a friend or family member in this manner, you will never regret it. It didn't even hurt much! In summary, just do it. The person that you help the most just may be you."