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Learn about transplants on Doctors Care

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There is a new show called Doctors Care that has been airing on Shaw TV. It is a weekly television series produced by Doctors Manitoba that takes an inside look at doctors and health care in the province.

Me and my family were lucky enough to be included in an episode on kidney transplants. Host Laura Hawkins contacted me a few months back and came to interview me and my daughter Karlie while I was doing a dialysis treatment. Then a second interview was done with me and my partner, Rick, getting his perspective on things. Rick is also my partner in the Paired Exchange Program (also known as the kidney swap).

Also in the episode were two interviews with people who have received living donor kidneys. One was with woman who gave her sister a kidney and the other was with a man who received a kidney from his wife.

The show we appeared on was episode 6 which recently aired but which can be viewed online at www.docsmb.org/doctors-care

You can also go to the Doctors Manitoba channel on YouTube to find all the episodes that have already aired.

I’d also like to really encourage anyone who has considered becoming a living kidney donor to do some research and get all the information. It is such an amazing thing to do. We can all live perfectly healthy lives with one kidney — both donor and recipient.

It is very important that friends and family step forward to help when someone is in need of a kidney. Siblings and parents are usually the best matches but there are so many wonderful stories in which spouses and friends have been perfect matches. My children and my fiance do not match me, which is why Rick is in the Paired Exchange Program.

I am still waiting for my match to come up. Until then I will continue to do dialysis every second night until that happens. I will also continue to promote organ donor awareness and keep everyone informed of my situation.

Please become an organ donor at signupforlife.ca

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