My name is Calista Rocha. I’m twenty years old and I‘m asking for your help with my medical expenses after I receive a kidney transplant. I live in a single parent household and my mother is the only person able to stay with me in the hospital while I recover, leaving her work and all our expenses behind.
At birth, I was diagnosed with spina bifida, which caused me to have neurogenic bladder and bowels, which eventually led to me being diagnosed with Stage 4, borderline Stage 5, Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD). I found out my diagnosis the week of my 16th birthday. Even though I had attended countless doctors’ appointments pretty much since birth, no doctor had recognized any signs or realized I had developed CKD until it was too late and I was already in desperate need of a transplant. So much could have been prevented had just ONE of the doctors I had been seeing, seen any signs of Stage 1 CKD- but that just wasn’t the case for me. My social life has declined since I must be cautious as to who is around me because somebody’s 4-day cold could turn into a 4-week cold for me. However, after 3 years, I have finally started back in school and am currently a college sophomore and am lucky enough to have been able to keep myself off dialysis, but that may not be the case for long. I am hopeful that this kidney transplant can be the jump start of a new and healthy life.
October 23, 2017
I just want to come on here and say thank you to everyone who has shared my story and been kind. It has taken me a lot to share this with anyone other than close family and the amount of support I’ve received is unreal. Again, thank you everybody. I appreciate it more than you will ever know!
July 26, 2018
Prayers sweetheart. I love you ..
January 13, 2018
Praying for you. Love the Rocha family
January 10, 2018
Praying for you Calista.
October 21, 2017
My prayers are with y’all. Stay strong!