Help Monica get her new kidney!
Monica Ashery has been suffering from Lupus (an autoimmune disease) since 2008 and is now in need of a kidney transplant as soon as possible. Over time her kidney function diminished to the point where she had to begin dialysis in May 2015. Her nephrologist has urged her to begin the evaluation process for placement on the active kidney transplant waiting list. Her evaluations are now almost complete, and Monica has a faith-filled friend who is being tested to become her living donor.
January 18, 2017
Yesterday, 11/27/16, was exactly four months since Monica was given a life-saving gift; a gift that has no price tag and therefore one, she says, she will never be able to pay back. A gift of a kidney! Here is Monica’s appreciation:
As I continue to celebrate the gift of a new life, I owe my smiles and my ability to function as a normal person to my dear friend Karen Isaacson. Her priceless sacrifice has given me a new lease on life. My sincere thanks go not only to Karen but to the entire family for being so involved wholeheartedly. Thank you for being so caring. Our whole journey was about faith, and it was overwhelming to see God orchestrate things to the very end! Paul put it well in 2 Corinthians 5:7 when he said, “We live by faith, not by sight.” I saw the faith of my donor and her family, and I fell in love with our Lord Jesus Christ over again.
I also extend my genuine appreciation to all my family and friends for your encouraging messages, well wishes and kind words before and after the transplant, and for your prayers and caring hearts during the critical post-surgery months. I know that God heard every prayer made on my behalf, and I thank you. I am thankful for the excellent care that I received at Froedtert, from my surgeon and his team and including all the nurses, assistants, techs, cooks, cleaners, radiologists, transporters, pharmacists, social workers, and financial specialists.
I am awed by the goodness, unconditional love and riches of our Lord Jesus and for the ordinary everyday people He uses in our lives to reach out to us in ways only God Himself knows.
Life without getting up at 4:00 AM to get ready for dialysis three times per week is awesome; I have a new life, and I feel like telling everyone out there not to take their good health for granted. I am grateful to have my health back to a larger percentage. The transitioning was a bit challenging due to a few setbacks in the beginning, but my amazing medical team has made it possible for me to move forward with confidence one day at a time. I am grateful to have a medical team and good support system that helps on managing multiple medical appointments and adjustments of anti-rejection and other medicines that will continue for the rest of my life.
I look forward to an entirely normal life, a full-time job and an opportunity to contribute to the society again. In the meantime, I am enjoying doing what I love most; helping others though on a small scale. My testimony would not have been possible without the Mighty Power of our Lord Jesus Christ and the good news of His Gospel. Our God of creation is still at work; I feel the miraculous blessings all over again!!
August 1, 2016
Monica has her new kidney! The successful transplant was completed on July 27th. Both Karen, her living donor, and Monica came through the surgery very well. They give thanks to God, to the expert transplant teams at Froedtert Hospital and to the many prayer warriors across the world who continue to hold them in prayer. Praise the Lord!
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January 21, 2017
Monica, you make me smile! I love the simple joy of life and health that you express! God is so good!
June 29, 2016
Blessings, Monica! Thank you, Karen, for stepping up with this special, life-giving gift.
June 29, 2016
Monica you are an angel and sister. Monica lives her faith , gives from the heart and is always authentic in her gift of love to others. our prayers and support for Monica is for ever . We love you sister Monica and know that by the grace of God and the support of all of us who love and care about you , you will be fine . We rejoice for the good news from your living donor and continue to pray. With love and Blessings
Mary Onama and family
June 29, 2016
Sweet Monica, It is our privilege to know and love you as you travel this path in your life. May you be a witness to everyone you meet along the way! With love and best wishes,
Linda and Jim