I decided that I would initially tell very few people what I had decided until I was ready to update my blog and knew my next step. But I did let one of my co-workers know due to the fact that she was going to be taking some medical leave as well and I figured we maybe could coordinate it. Then on Friday I also told my co-worker Laura. She just smiled at me and told me that she knows a girl who actually needs a kidney. Her name is Sara. She is married with a 5 year old girl and also works at Marshfield Clinic! She said that Sara had just posted on Facebook that she had some family members tested, but nothing worked out and she would be starting dialysis soon. Laura said that Sara was also worked up at UW Hospital just like I had been. I told Laura to get in contact with Sara and ask her if she would like me to have our numbers compared. It is really a simple procedure to check for a match once all of the bloodwork has been done -- the coordinators just need to look at our antigen numbers and see if there is any chance I can donate directly to Sara.
Tonight Laura texted me and said that Sara was thrilled to hear about me. It turned out that she had read about me back when the Clinic wrote an article about me in their newsletter. Without having an update she just figured that I had already donated and it was over and done. Laura told her what happened with Lonnie and I and that I still had one to spare! Sara immediately "friended" me on Facebook and we just spent the last two hours chatting and getting to know each other. It turns out she is a cousin to my friend Jodi as well! Jodi had inquired about donating herself, but blood types were not a match. During the time Sara and I were chatting I also emailed Chris at UW and asked her to compare our numbers. She should be able to give me an answer on Monday assuming she is in the office that day. Will we be a match? That would be incredible! I also mentioned the paired donation program to Sara. She was not even aware of that program yet, so I told her about it. If we were not a match, perhaps this would be an option for us as well. Mike's concern about my lack of emotional connection with a non-directed donation could be solved! If Sara and I can work this out then perhaps she will become my new recipient! I am excited to see what Monday brings!
Today, May 21st, was my birthday. I had a wonderful day with my husband and kids and was reminded of just how blessed I am. Tonight my conversation with Sara just cemented that further. My health is worth so much! I will never take it for granted again.