Today is January 29, 2017. I wanted to just update everyone on Alicia's situation. As you all may know, Alicia did have a living donor and her transplant was actually scheduled for tomorrow, January 30, 2017. My child have been the happiest person on this earth since she received the news that everything was okay and her transplant was scheduled. We drove to New Orleans Wednesday for her pre-op work and her donor did hers on Thursday.
As we entered Walmart on Friday to pick up some of the last items she needed before being admitted to the hospital early Sunday morning (today actually), she received that dreadful phone call that literally tore her heart apart. Alicia's donor is no longer a match. My God! How can this happen just a couple of days before surgery? I'm looking at my child, who is usually so, so strong, and by her being strong, she makes me strong. She hands me the phone and I'm at a loss. I'm her mom, and I can't do anything to help her, so I ask the lady the same question over and over, knowing all the time, there's nothing she can do either. We are not experienced at this. We never knew this could happen. These last couple of days have been the worst that I have ever experienced, because as a mother, you want to protect your children, you want to make their pain go away, you want to make them better, but right now I feel helpless.
However, I do know that God has a plan, and we may not understand why this happened, but, as I told her, it is better that it happened now, instead of after the surgery. It's better for her and it's better for my beautiful niece, Breanna, who was her living donor.
Everyone always look at Alicia and say she looks so good, she's always happy and smiling, that if you didn't know her, you would never know she has end stage renal disease. As I said before, she has been very, very strong during these last four years. She was diagnosed four years ago after a bad case of the flu at the age of 25. She never knew she had hypertension and only went to the doctor because she needed an excuse for work. Now she is completely dependent on dialysis, which she has three times a week for four hours each time. Alicia's only chance of restoring her healthy life and living a longer life is by having a kidney transplant.
Alicia has a rare blood type, so the search for a living donor has been extremely hard. Family members and friends are being tested and we are also appealing to the public in the hope that someone would want to come forward and give the gift of life. Alicia looks forward to being healthy, going back to work, becoming an active member of the community again, and being there to see her son grow up.
Alicia's blood type is B+. She is compatible with anyone that is type B or O blood, it doesn't matter if positive or negative.
If you know of anyone or if you would like to be tested please call:
Becky Guillera @ 504-842-3925 or 1-800-928-6247 Ext. 23925
Funding this life saving procedure is very expensive. Even with insurance, there are medical expenses that will not be covered and must be paid out of pocket. Some of these are deductibles, co-pays, lodging and travel expenses at the time of the transplant and she will be on a lifetime of anti-rejection medications. This puts our family up against a challenge that we cannot meet alone and we desperately need your help.
A fundraising campaign in Alicia's honor has been established with HelpHopeLive, a trusted nonprofit organization that has been providing community based fundraising guidance to patients and their families for more than 30 years. All donations are tax deductible, and held by HelpHopeLive in the Southeast Kidney Transplant Fund, and are administered by HelpHopeLive for transplant related expenses only. To make a contribution, please click on the "Donate Now" tab.
On behalf of Alicia and our family, thank you for your kindness, prayers, support and generosity. We appreciate any donation you can make, and please share, share, share this post with your family and friends. Please keep an eye on Alicia's campaign page. We will be planning some fundraising events soon and posting updates on a regular basis.
Hello everyone. I would like to thank you all for the continued support, prayers and genuine concern for my daughter, Alicia Peterson, who is in dire need of a kidney transplant. These last few years since my daughter has been diagnosed has had so many ups and downs, it's just unbelievable. Endless trips to the hospital, the need for shocking her heart, having to call the ambulance a couple of times and of course her having to have dialysis three times a week, it's just so much for one person to have to go through, especially with her trying to raise her son.
My daughter has had to go to the emergency room twice in the last two weeks. It's so scary. A lot of times, I try not to think about it, but I see her suffering and I just feel so helpless. I pray to God all the time, Lord, please help my daughter, please save her. As I write this, the tears are flowing. I try to be strong all the time. I really put up a good front most of the time. I know deep in my heart that God got her. I know that He is watching over her, protecting her and I know that we are truly blessed.
Alicia have not been feeling good, especially the last few days. My grandson, Kameron, told her today that he wish he could give her his kidneys. He said he hates to see her feeling bad and hates to see her sad. He does not like to leave her side. He really is a little protector. He worries about his mom, but he tries his best to take care of her.
This surgery is very expensive and insurance will not take care of everything. Her medication after the surgery can run up to $2500.00 monthly. The surgery itself will cost in excess of $250,000.00. I plead with you all again to please find it in your heart to try and make a donation to this campaign. It doesn't matter if you can only make a small donation. We appreciate whatever you can give, no matter how small.
We also may still need a donor. If you are B+ or B-, anywhere in the B family, you may be a match. If you are and would like to be tested, please contact Becky Guillera @ 1-800-928-6247, ext 23925, at The Ochsner Multi-Organ Transplant Institute.
Thank you so much for all your help and support, and please keep my daughter in your prayers.
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