My name is Brian Lane. I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at the age of 11, 33 years ago. Growing up with this condition has always been difficult and I have always thought I was doing enough of the right things to have no worries. I essentially wanted to be as normal as everyone else around me and treated my life as such. My mistake in all this was not acknowledging how serious this condition would become if not treated and handled with more care.
Now, over the last few years, I have been dealing with a pretty significant decrease in my Kidney functions and have now been diagnosed with Stage 4 Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD). Eventually, in the next few short years, it will go into Stage 5 and End Stage Renal failure. My treatment options are limited to dialysis treatments or a Kidney Transplant. Getting regular dialysis treatments, usually three times a week for four hours at a time, will help my kidneys do their job and keep me alive for a while. But a transplant would offer me more freedom and the ability to live a longer, healthier, more normal life. With that, my doctors have put me on the Kidney-Pancreas transplant list through the Virginia Mason Hospital of Seattle, WA. When I receive a match from a donor and have the surgery, I will then have to remain in the hospital for at least a full week. Upon discharge from the hospital, I will have to remain in the Seattle area near the hospital for at least 2 months as the doctors will have to be in close contact with me to make sure my body is recovering and not rejecting the new organs.
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October 14, 2019
Take care of yourself, and never give up, believe in the Lord's grace, and his blessings will be all around you.
October 13, 2019
Hi everyone, thank you all for the support so far. The sharing of my story and the donations are very much appreciated! I've had a few people inquire about how to be a donor for me. As much as I truly appreciate with all my heart that you are willing to do that for me, at this point it is not needed. Why you ask? Because I'm doing a double transplant, Kidney and Pancreas, I will not be doing a Live donor. Unlike the Kidney, the Pancreas has to be from a recently deceased donor. And because the Pancrease is a "finicky" organ, it has to be a super healthy one at that. So, for my best chances of my body not rejecting one or the other organs, the Kidney will come from the same donor. If something changes and we do need to look into live donors, I will make sure the info is made available :-) Again, thank you all!
October 13, 2019
Hi Hun, this is Ginna...how do I find out if one of my kidneys is a match? And how can others go find out in case one of your many many friends is a match too? I wish I could do more. The world needs you in it
Dav Spc Orsborn
October 12, 2019
Briiiiiiaaaaan Laaaaaannnneee! We love you dude.