I am writing to ask for your help. In December 2009 my life with my husband Sam and 8-month-old daughter Ruby was changed forever. After an E-Coli infection, I developed a life-threatening blood disorder called TTP-HUS. Thinking I had a routine infection, imagine my surprise when I remained in the ICU for over three weeks. TTP-HUS is triggered by the body’s immune response to the infection, and causes the platelets in blood to shred and spread clots throughout the body. Often these clots travel to the brain and kidneys. In my case, these clots caused my kidneys to fail.
Two treatments are available for kidney failure: dialysis or an organ transplant. Dialysis cleans the blood of toxins and removes excess fluid that is normal function of healthy kidneys. I have dialysis three times a week, about four hours per session. Although life-saving, dialysis is not without risk. In 2010, I developed endocarditis from a blood infection that originated in my chest catheter, which was used to provide dialysis. I was in congestive heart failure and too weak to climb stairs, pick up Ruby or change her diaper. In October of 2010, I traveled to the Mayo Clinic for successful open-heart surgery to repair two weakened heart valves.
November 3, 2017
It has been a long time since I’ve posted. Thankfully, I have been busy since my transplant on 2/1/2012. I finally started my dream career as an Occupational Therapist a year ago, celebrated many birthdays with Ruby, Sam, family, and friends. I am forever grateful for all the people that made my transplant possible. These past few months have been full of health challenges. I have temporarily stopped working to focus on my wellness and spending time with my friends and family. I am currently being seen at the Mayo Clinic this week in hopes of discovering some answers and a game plan to get back to living. We appreciate any prayers, kind thoughts, and loving support. Thank you!
October 8, 2013
Fall Yardsale Fundraiser
A Yardsale Fundraiser will be held on Saturday, October, 27th in Louisville, KY.
Where: Greensprings Neighborhood
Wolf Pen Branch off of US 42
When: 8 am, 10/27/2012
Why: To raise funds for post-transplant expenses
Info: Katherine Weckman, 502.599.5623