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I have great news to share! On September 11, 2012, I received a lifesaving kidney transplant. It was a complete success! My childhood friend, Sandi was the donor and I will be forever grateful to her for her selflessness. Because of her I have a new life. I feel so deeply honored to have the loving support from family and friends who also helped make this happen.

Updates (4)

May 23, 2017

I am happy to say I just had my 57th birthday April 13th and I am so blessed to not have to hook up to a machine before I go to bed every night like I did for two years before Sandi Hamilton-Spall gave me "Creedy".

Sandi has had some complications but our doctor informs me it was not because she donated her kidney to me.

I went through some emotional days after I found out because I felt guilty,

that was why she kept her health from me.

She says she would not have changed a thing about donating because she knew how sick I was, that is the kind of person my friend is and I love her for that!

I have out lived my Mom and brother and a sister, my Mom and brother both had kidney failure.

I have one sister left and we are very close.

I love life and wake up every day thankful for another chance.

September 13, 2016

A lot has changed since my last update.

I just hit my fourth year with my kidney and relocated to my hometown in Kentucky to be close to family.

My kidney is functioning well.

However the imunnosurpresent medication I will be on the rest of my life is causing some issues with my eyes and bones.

I was just diagnosed with Ostioarthritis in my hands and elbows.

The imunnosurpresent medication for my kidney and the pain medication for the arthritis is very expensive and l will need asisstance with the cost.

One thing I do not miss is hooking up to a machine every night to pull the poison out of my body.

I am living my life to the fullest

and I am so very great full for my childhood friend Sandi, for her wonderful gift.

No words can express how It feels to feel good most days and not have to be on a machine to keep me a live.

Thanks to all my family and friends for their support and help.


August 11, 2012

Hey Girl, You are in my thoughts daily. You are strong. You will get past this. You have a lot of folks in your corner. Take care of yourself and keep your head up.

Linda and Cindy/Houston

August 10, 2012

Hi Frances, cannot wait until the FUNraiser tomorrow night. See you there!!

Richard Smith, Houston

August 10, 2012

I know we have only met once but I will be praying for you on Sept. 11th that your transplant goes smoothly and that your donor does not have any complications. God bless!

Sam M.