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Eric, loving father, husband, son, brother, uncle and wonderful friend to many, has been diagnosed with end stage renal failure. We are now in the process of getting on the list for a kidney transplant.

Eric has had Type I Diabetes since he was 14 years old. His diabetes has been well taken care of, he has never been hospitalized due to his condition. Eric was referred to a nephrologist about 11 years ago to monitor his kidney function. In the last 2 years, his kidney function has drastically declined and is now given the option of starting dialysis or going for a transplant in the near future. Eric’s diabetes is still well controlled and is actually even better since receiving his insulin pump, but unfortunately after years of being diabetic and increased blood pressure, his kidneys are starting to wear out.

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April 1, 2021

It has just been over 3 months since Eric has walked into the hospital to have his life changing surgery. This whole journey has been a timeline of “unknown”. From the very beginning when we were told it could be anywhere from 1-2 years before Eric would get a match for a kidney and pancreas, but he ended up getting the call that he had a match only 7 days after he was called and told he was going to be listed on the active waitlist (with only 7 months of wait time granted due to COVID restrictions slowing the process down). We were not sure what to expect recovery would be like for him. We were told that he would be in the hospital after surgery for 2-10 days, he was discharged after 11 days. We were told that we might have to stay in Minneapolis area near the hospital for up to 6 weeks, I was able to bring Eric home 2 weeks after being discharged. We weren’t even sure that Eric would be back at work today, but he has been working since the beginning of February. We are so thankful for his health and how well things have been going. That all being said, not every step of this journey has been easy for him. There have been bumps on his path. Healing is a process and he still has a ways to go.

To give you a better idea of actually how well things are going for Eric at this point, the day before surgery his kidney function (GFR) was at 16 (normal is >60) his creatinine was 4.59 (normal range for this is 0.70-1.3). His kidneys were failing. This week his kidney function was 68 and his creatinine was 1.24!! His fasting glucose was 98 with absolutely no insulin since leaving this hospital. His lipase and amylase, pancreatic enzymes that they have been monitoring closely since transplant have been right around the normal range. He is doing lab work only weekly now. His monthly follow up appointments have been able to be done virtually. He is down to only 9 different medications that he has to take daily, from having to take 14 daily and a few more as needed medications. God is good! He has some big plans for Eric! Looking back on where he started to where he is now, in just 104 days since surgery. (I wrote this on 3/30/21)

Kidney disease starts silent. I remember back when we were younger, going with Eric to his Diabetes doctor and asking him if he still needed to see the kidney doctor because he felt fine and every time he went they would tell him that his labs look good, see you in 6 months. I hadn’t even started nursing school to know any better myself. He diabetes doctor, of course, told him that yes, he certainly did need to continue seeing his Kidney doctor, and he did. Majority of the time his follow up appointments were every 6 months and not much change. Unfortunately with his diabetes and hypertension, his kidneys declined. March is #nationalkidneymonth, meant to bring awareness for this disease and factors that go into managing kidney disease. 1 in 3 Americans are at-risk for kidney disease. 37 million people have chronic kidney disease (most don’t even know it) and 100,000 people are waiting for a kidney transplant. Early detection can help prevent the progression of kidney disease into kidney failure. I got these statistics from and I will be honest I was not always aware of how prevalent kidney disease is today. In sharing Eric’s story, we hope to help make others more aware. Eric also did something that I especially think is pretty awesome! He was asked to be interviewed to share is experiences with diabetes and kidney disease with the nursing class at Dakota Wesleyan University. I hope they were able to learn something from his experience. I can say that from being a nurse myself, and a nursing student myself not to long ago (

March 3, 2021

Oh the places you have been
Looking for a pancreas and a kidney too
Hospitals where, hospitals when?
You can’t find those in a zoo!

Looking for the right doctor
Looking for the right team
Looking for a donor
Then comes Covid-19

Oh me, oh my
Shut in our houses
Can’t go to a mall

Can’t go outside
So we sit here and stare
What’s happening inside
A call comes with care

A donor is found
Your heart sure flutters
The family gathers round
You leave all the others

Away you go
The doctors are due
You leave your town
The organs arrive and so do you

Healing and recouping
Many weeks you stay away from it all
As you see the family regrouping
Thank God for those FaceTime calls

Then comes the day
When at last you go home
Thanking God for today
And all the friends who roam

To give you a ride
Wasn’t even a deal
Then the whole town came
You thought it was a thrill

So here you are now
Back at work for a while
The Beta club wishes you
A thousand reasons to smile
-Robin Helton
& the beta club

This poem was written by Robin Helton, and the Beta Club. The beta club is a group of 3rd to 6th graders at St. Joseph’s Indian School, this is Eric’s employer. They sold candy for Valentine’s Day to students and staff to raise money for a fundraiser. This year they decided to donate the money to Eric L Storms medical costs.

We are for ever grateful for everything our community has done for our family. ❤️

I had to share, the poem pretty perfectly describes Eric’s story and is fitting for today.
Happy Dr. Seuss week and Read Across America.

Thank you!
Donate Life America

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January 27, 2021

"God Is Good." Congrats to you!

Joanna McCray

January 8, 2021

Praying for you guys! ❤️ We’re here for you!

Hannah Ruhlman

December 25, 2020

Slama sends his best wishes. He would have sent this himself but he is very technologically challenged.

Shawn Van Gerpen

December 25, 2020

Merry Christmas to you and your family! Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

Shawn and Lisa Van Gerpen