I never thought that I could ever give away an organ. I don’t even have an organ donation card. But when I found out that one of my oldest friends needed help that is exactly what I did. While I was looking for stories — any stories — about living donation they were not easy to find and those that were on the internet tended to skim over subjects like recovery.
When I was researching I wanted as much detail as possible so own donation story is longer than the ones I managed to find back in 2004. In our case we live in different countries, I had young children and we are different racial groups as well. Most stories naturally involved family members as well but donation is so personal that I really did want to read stories of donations between strangers or between friends. If you are thinking about donating to a non family member the decision itself is complicated and what and how to tell family and other friends are important. I hope you find what you need somewhere in my donation story which I have divided into 9 parts for convenience.