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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.

Updates (16)

June 19, 2018

Kidney Transplant Update 7. Mom in her own room, no more ICU. Clap-it-up! #PROGRESS

June 18, 2018

Kidney Transplant Update 6 (Long): As it is said “after the darkest night always comes a brighter day”, and that is true with this update. As you know mom had an unexpected second surgery, it was medically necessary as conservative measures did not resolve the issues she was experiencing with receiving a new kidney. Put it this way, mom and her new kidney are in the dating stages. They met on a blind-date Tuesday morning and they are getting to know each other to see if they want to continue seeing each other. As her caregiver, I am saying hey this your Mr. Right, but like all relationships, there are stages of development. That is where we are now. We want a forever love story, but relationships do have their challenges.

The second surgery was successful, but it had post-op complications, so mom had to stay in the ICU. It really hit hard last night seeing her connected to all those monitors. I thank everyone (family and friends) for the kind words, prayers and uplifting me. This morning, mom was alert for the first time since her second surgery and sounded like herself. She said she was feeling “sooooo much better”. She had a smile on her face and she began talking randomly to the nursing staff, asking them all-kind of personal questions about their lives, and doing that stuff that drives me crazy. At that moment, I smiled because I will take her doing that on any given day over what she went through the last two days. After interviewing the nursing staff, she told me I could go and get some sleep. She put her “eyes on me” and now she needs to get more sleep, ha ha ha. She smiled that big smile and I told her I would. I am back at the hotel about to sleep for a few hours, but first I had to update everyone. She is getting better! Thanks for your prayers and support.

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June 19, 2018

Donation is for Joanna McCray

Dorothy Alexander

June 15, 2018

Wishing you a speedy recovery !!! The Ochtabec Family

Fiona Ochtabec

June 14, 2018

Joanna, I'm sending prayers from all my family. Continue to recover for you are in Gods hands. Love you much.

Jackie Brown

June 14, 2018

Much love and prayers!

Karen Clinton