Fred Schroeder, husband, father, avid fisherman, hunter, outdoorsman and lover of life was diagnosed with kidney disease in 2000 – just six months after he and I were married. Following a tissue biopsy in 2001, Fred was diagnosed with membranous glomerulonephritis (MGN). MGN develops when inflammation of structures in the kidney cause problems with kidney function and its cause is unknown. Within six months of diagnosis, we were told Fred would need a kidney transplant. He continued to work until his health finally declined in 2010 due to a blood infection and on Easter 2011 he began dialysis.
Fred was on the active transplant waiting list for two years when our prayers were answered — a church member, Cindy Tracy, came forward to be Fred’s living kidney donor. Fred and I have faced this disease with the peace of knowing that God is in control and not for a second does he not love us and have his very best in store for us as his children. We believe the promise of Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV) For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
October 20, 2015
Feeling so blessed, our donor, Cindy Tracy is recovering wonderfully and left the hospital to go home on 10/16/15. Fred was discharged on 10/17/15 and will remain in Gainesville to be near the hospital for follow up care. His first follow up appointment went well and labs look good. Thank you to everyone for your prayers and financial support.