My name is Joanna McCray and I grew up in Miami, Florida. I relocated to Columbia, South Carolina in 2003 to be closer to my grandchildren.
In 2013, I was diagnosed with kidney disease due to complications associated with my blood pressure medications. I am currently on dialysis and will continue to be until I am able to have a kidney transplant. I am presently listed for transplantation at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. I am also pursuing a transplant evaluation at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston.
June 27, 2018
Kidney Transplant Update 11 (Long):
As mentioned, the first follow-up appointment at Duke went well. We returned home yesterday early evening and mom is doing much better today. She has actively participated in tracking and taking her medications. She prepared her breakfast and lunch and it was great seeing her in the kitchen again. Shelly came by with food prepared for dinner because we do not want mom doing too much. It is beautiful to see my girls coming together to take care of Mom’s home needs. My son is there to keep Grandma talking and smiling. I am not sure if you know, but medication balancing will now become a lifetime battle to make sure her body does not reject the new kidney. I will tell you that we both were so excited about the prospects of a kidney that we may have missed the part about the daily commitment to stop kidney rejection, but like I said earlier, all relationships worth having are worth fighting for.
As of today, Mom and her kidney seem to be doing well, communication within her body is improving, and she is receiving the right signals that this relationship is moving in the right direction. You know those odd early times of wondering does he or she like me? Am I saying the right things or am I saying too much? Those moments where you want to express how much someone means to you, but yet still afraid to commit totally because you just have no control of where things will go? The kidney is showing great signs and doing all the right things to show that this relationship can grow and be the long-term love affair we all want. We understand that this kidney is a blessing, but as we are celebrating, there is a family somewhere that is feeling something else. Mom is very aware of that fact and she is committed to doing all she can to make this relationship work. On another note, I thank everyone for the birthday wishes today, Mom and I have spent the day talking and reminiscing. It has been wonderful. I can say I got the best birthday gift of all this year, my mom got a kidney and a second chance at building a wonderful life. For those asking me what they can get me for my birthday, I ask that you forgo anything to me, but a small donation to helphopelive.org/campaign/8943 would be great. But if you are not in a position to do that, a small thank you to heavens above will suffice.
June 22, 2018
Kidney Transplant Update 7. Mom in her own room, no more ICU. Clap-it-up! #PROGRESS
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August 2, 2018
Hi Joanna, This is a small gift, but I hope it is a blessing to you. I miss you and can't wait to see you again. Ciji
Ciji Tolbert Ciji Tolbert
August 2, 2018
Very happy to contribute, wishing Mrs. McCray a speedy recovery and many blessing upon her and Dwayne. (Golf)
July 7, 2018
Donation is for Joanna McCray
July 11, 2018
Wishing you a speedy recovery !!! The Ochtabec Family