One morning in October of 2017, I woke up with a sore throat and sore ears. I had planned on going to a concert with my daughters later that evening and was disappointed as I was unable to go. A month later, my Dad lost his battle with cancer. I was still sick and struggled to get through his funeral service. By March, I felt nauseous every morning and had to sit at work every morning with my coat on because I was so cold. When I finally went to see the doctor, I found out I was anemic.
In April, I went back to see the doctor because I had a sinus infection. When the doctor ran tests to see what was wrong, he found that I had end stage renal failure. From that day forward, my life was changed forever. I was admitted to the hospital and had to stay overnight for a week. While I was there, I began to go on dialysis and have continued to go three times a week every week since then. Because of this life changing event, I am no longer able to work a full time job. In the meantime though, I have been working hard to prepare myself for receiving a kidney transplant.
I am aware that it will be critical for me to prepare financially for post transplant care, mostly for the anti-rejection drugs that I will need. My long term goal is to get back to working full time and having the active lifestyle I used to enjoy. Thank you all so much for your continuing support and generosity.
Family and friends of Ann Hoffman are raising money for the nonprofit Help Hope Live to fund uninsured medical expenses associated with transplantation.