TODAY Marks 8 years Since I got the call that would change my life. 

By: Mary Jo Vradis

TODAY Marks 8 years Since I got the call that would change my life. 

Tags: Kindney, Organ Donation, Organ Transplant, Save a Life , Organ Donor

This picture was taken over a decade ago during the filming of HBO documentary Tales from the Organ Trade. This is what being on dialysis looks like. My kidneys failed when I was 24, lucky for me there was a treatment available, it wasn't ideal but it bought me time. For almost nine years I spent between 6 to 8 hours a night, depending on what I could tolerate, hooked up to a dialysis machine, hoping one day a kidney would come. During those 9 years, I became a realtor, got married, bought a home and was one of the first women in North America to have a child on dialysis. I also witnessed many other dialysis patients die waiting for a life-saving transplant. I can't begin to explain how it feels living day to day knowing you are on borrowed time.
TODAY marks 8 years since I got the call that would forever change my life. 8 years ago TODAY, I received a kidney from someone I don't know, who made the decision to donate their organs. It's because of that person I am able to live the life I live today. They lost their lives that day but a piece of them lives on in me, and for that, I am eternally grateful. I am motivated daily by my son and by the fact that I was given a second chance to live my best life from someone who lost theirs. I will never squander this gift Ive been given. TODAY is a reminder. TODAY I am 8 years #kidneystrong

Please consider the impact you can have. One person can save up to 8 lives with life-saving organs and enhance the lives of 75 others through tissue donation. Learn more at www.beadonor.ca
Thank you for reading. #liveyourbestlife
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