Donation is a difficult life experience but a very specialÂ one. Knowing that you have savedÂ someone’s life is a feeling of elation like no other and it stays with you.Â If you are considering donating an organ to a family member or friend or to someone you do not know, you will findÂ information here to help you.Â ThisÂ websiteÂ discusses theÂ entire experience to help you make an informed decision. That includes some of the practical and emotional issues in donating.
If you have already offered but are still in the testing or waiting stages, I hope Â this site will be helpful in giving you an idea of what to expect. Who is on the transplant team? What does testing involve? Is recovery painful? What is it like to get back to work or normal activities? For these see the pages on the right hand column. Â Many living donors have felt that they lacked practical informationÂ from the point of view of their concerns and experience as donors. Â This site is an attempt to bring balance and is based on my own donation of a kidney to a friend.
LiveDonors.Com does not dispense medicalÂ advice. For detailed medical informationÂ please see the Medical Links.
Testing One, Two, Three…
Donation involves testing, testing and more testing.Â Get used to the blood pressure readings because it is the most frequent test while urine samples run a close second. However the advantage of the constant readings andÂ testing is reassurance that you are healthy enough to donate.Â Not every website has the entire testing process online and there may be some differences butÂ for a description ofÂ Â an evaluation process for living donorsÂ please clickÂ here.Â If you want to what it is like to experience the testing see my Â donation story section on testing.