Thank you to all those who have supported Betsy over the past year! Your prayers, good wishes and donations have allowed her to recover from her 4th transplant and continue to gain her strength. I would ask that for a special prayer intention today as she is having gall bladder surgery today which we hope will resolve the pain she has been experiencing from gall stones. Thank you again for all your support! Courtney Brennan
Dec 19, 2015
By mid December 2015, my shortness of breath symptoms began to improve. I had developed several painful infections and ulcers caused by over immunosuppression. After following up with my transplant team and re-adjusting all my immunosuppressant medications, my body's immune system was strengthened a bit and was able to slowly begin healing. This past week was less painful and I was able to get out more.
Thank you to those of you who read my site and have contributed to help with my out of pocket medical expenses. Each contribution is greatly appreciated.
Wishing you all a Merry Christmas, Happy Holiday and Happy Healthy New Year!
Dec 19, 2015
Christmas and New Year's 2016 is soon approaching and I have much to be grateful for this year!
I was very fortunate to have family, friends and altruistic (strangers) that offered to be tested...
Nov 24, 2015
With Thanksgiving soon approaching, I have much to be thankful for this year. More importantly, I have so many individuals to say 'Thank you' to.
Many of my family, friends, friends of friends...
Sep 17, 2015
After I had my post- op visit with my transplant surgeon yesterday, I walked over to The Rogosin Institute with my cousin, Donna for my 2nd of 5 total iron infusions. My transplanted kidney is...
Sep 15, 2015
Yesterday, I had my post-op check with my transplant surgeon, Sandip Kapur, MD @ NYP/ Weill Cornell. Dr. Kapur was satisfied with my progress thus far, though he realizes that I have have a way to...
Aug 10, 2015
We're so elated & grateful to announce that Betsy received the life-saving gift from her friend & living kidney donor Cathleen Walsh Fox. The transplant surgery took place this past Thursday,...
Jul 22, 2015
The big day is now just two weeks away. I have lots of mixed feelings but overall they're dominated with pure joy & gratitude to my donor. I hope & pray that my kidney donor and her husband &...
Jul 01, 2015
Yesterday I had a f/u app't with my dermatologist who specialize in treating transplant patients with difficult to treat skin cancer. Tomorrow, 7/2/2015 I have a follow up appointment with my...
Jun 29, 2015
My 4th living related renal transplant is now ~5 weeks away. I have lots of emotions and challenges before then. I feel overwhelming gratitude for my donor- a friend who offered to be tested and...
Jun 09, 2015
Thank you to all my supporters! I am very fortunate to have many friends, family and altruistic individuals who've read my story and want to help in some way. I feel blessed. My transplant...
Jun 03, 2015
I'm so excited to let you know that a kidney donor match has been found and most important is that she has agreed to donate to me!! Keeping me off dialysis and saving my life! Transplant surgery...
Jun 03, 2015
I had a long day at my skin physician app't yesterday. I arrived @ 10:30am and arrived home @ 6pm. I went for UV red Laser light therapy with prior levulan absorbtion. The levulan treatment is...
Jun 02, 2015
Great news: One very generous person has offered to donate a kidney to Betsy! The donor is a terrific match - the right blood type and a 5 out of 6 antigen match. Her altruism...
May 30, 2015
On Tuesday evening May 26, 2015, I picked up the phone and found out that a friend whose donor testing began months earlier, told me that she has decided to donate her kidney to me! After many...
May 22, 2015
Memorial weekend 2015: Last month while at my Transplant Nephrologist for my monthly appointment, I was informed that a donor match had been found for me. One of my five donors participating in...
May 09, 2015
I've had a very difficult time locating a donor match due to my high antibody count, but I feel very fortunate that many family members, friends & altruistic donors stepped up to be tested to save...