Hello, my name is Dien Phan. I obtained my green card and moved to the US in 2016. I have been having Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) for a long time. It had been manageable and stable at stage 3, for approximately 12 years. But suddenly since late 2019 it quickly became worse and now I'm at the end stage CKD (stage 5). Chronic Kidney Disease, also called chronic kidney failure, describes the gradual loss of kidney function. Your kidneys filter wastes and excess fluids from your blood, which are then excreted in your urine. When Chronic Kidney Disease reaches an advanced stage, dangerous levels of fluid, electrolytes and wastes can build up in your body.
In the early stages of chronic kidney disease, you may have few signs or symptoms. Chronic kidney disease may not become apparent until your kidney function is significantly impaired.
Treatment for chronic kidney disease focuses on slowing the progression of the kidney damage, usually by controlling the underlying cause. Chronic kidney disease can progress to an end-stage kidney failure, which is fatal without artificial filtering (dialysis) or a kidney transplant. Receiving a new kidney donated from some one else is the best solution. Finding a kidney for a transplant is not easy. Just ask the 100,000+ people on the waiting list for a deceased donor kidney. Time is not on our side. Some wait for years; sadly many die while waiting: about 12 people die each day waiting for a kidney transplant, according to the Department of Health & Human Services and National Kidney Foundation. The average wait time is five years or more for a kidney from a deceased donor. However, there is another option: receiving a kidney from a living donor. Asking a friend to consider donating a kidney to me is difficult, but it greatly improves my chances of getting a transplant. A living kidney donation typically lasts longer and has better function.Currently I'm on dialysis to support my life. A kidney transplant from a living donor will give me the best chance of long-term health and being able to enjoy an active life with my family which I love so much. My wife and I immigrated to the US in 2016. Usually people ask family members and close friends for a kidney donation first. Mine all live in foreign countries. Because neither my insurance company nor my transplant center do support donors from foreign countries I have to find donors within the US. Here in the US I have very small and limited number of relatives or friends to ask for a kidney. So I created this web site with hope that more people know about my situation and may be some one could help out. If you are a in good physical and mental health you can donate a kidney. No matter it's for me or for someone else, your kidney could save not one, but many lives. Why many? Because there are medical matching requirements and often many donors and recipients are parts of pairing programs or kidney chains. For example, in March 2015 a kidney chain included 68 people (34 donors and 34 recipients) at 26 hospitals nationwide ( read more) or in July 2018 a single-site kidney transplant chain reaches 101 donors and 101 receipients (read more). Remember, by donating a kidney to people in need you can save lives too. If you want to get more information on the donation process before making a decision, please contact Transplant Center either by phone: (954)-659 5133 or email. I know living donation may not be right for everyone - but you can still help! Please help me by sharing my story with everyone you know. At the very least, I want to bring awareness to the kidney disease and living donation. I hope my efforts will help me receive a kidney donation sooner and encourage others to consider helping the many people on the wait list.
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