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Share your Spare- please

Hi, I’m Melanie: a daughter, sister, mother, wife, aunt, and friend. I have the privilege to be all of these because of organ donation. I received my second chance on September 23, 2004.
I learned I had kidney problems at a prenatal check-up when I was about 12 weeks pregnant. My urine sample came back with protein in it. I was referred to a nephrologist when the protein and my blood pressure increased. A kidney biopsy revealed that I had IgA Nephropathy. I was admitted to the hospital at the end of May 2003 and started daily dialysis. Tate was born at 24 weeks gestation. He weighed 1 lb. 5.9 ounces. That summer I spent about a month and a half in the hospital and Tate spent 109 days in the NICU. I continued dialysis 3 times per week for the next 14 months. I was extremely weak. In April 2004, I was accepted on the organ waiting list. At that time, my mother and siblings were tested to see how well they matched. By August, we knew my brother was the perfect match. He underwent more testing and was willing to share his spare kidney. We set the transplant day for September 23, 2004 at Baylor All-Saints in Fort Worth. I could feel the difference immediately after transplant.
The gift of transplant has given me a second chance at life. I am a healthy mom, wife, sister, and friend. I enjoy being outdoors, trail running, helping others, and living life to the fullest. I am blessed more than I deserve to have such a wonderful family, friends, and a transplant team that continue to be supportive of me.
In 2014, I attended my first Transplant Games in Houston. It was such an amazing, heart-felt experience. I had the chance to meet great people in the donor families, living donors, and fellow recipients. I am looking forward to the Cleveland Games.
Live Inspired and please share your spare

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