Yusef Needs A Transplant And Needs Your Help
Yusef has been married for over 20 years and is a father of two beautiful young ladies. He is not only active in the church, volunteering his musical talents for the past 39 years but has been active in the community, coaching basketball, mentoring at risk and single parent children and performing as much community service with his family as possible. He is a giver. And now, for the first time in his life, Yusef and his family need us to give something to help them. Yusef desperately needs a kidney transplant and needs our financial support to make it happen.
June 3, 2018
Well #Lemonadelife family it’s been a while since I’ve journaled. There’s been a whirlwind of events and experiences. I’ve had some very heavy thoughts on my mind but today felt like the day to share it.
I had the Kidney Transplant call on January 1st and surgery on January 2nd after waiting nearly 5 years on Dialysis. I went through 3 months plus of staying away from large public contact at the Drs. orders. It seemed like an eternity. I had some extreme challenges to my body and got to the point in April that I started to resume a normal life without masks and went through countless medicine adjustments, procedures, hospital stays and a blood transfusion.
There was overwhelming support and joy from you all and it held me up strengthed and encouraged my family and I. There were many selfless acts of kindness and support. So much so that I didn’t want anything to affect Your Joy and happiness for me.
But since this journey started I was given the mantra, “If life gives you lemons…Live #Lemonadelife. So today I have to walk in that truth and destiny for my Life.
After my last impromptu hospital stay and 3rd kidney biopsy my Drs started to be completely honest with me about the perplexity I had detected in their faces and demeanor during our interactions. I saw my Nephrologist the second week of May and I pressed for action and honesty.
I was informed that my new Kidney was not performing at 100% and that I may possibly have to have another transplant. I was and am not stressed or worried because of all I’ve been through. My #Lemonadelife up until now has prepared me for immense adversity. The Drs are in the process of writing an appeal to UNOS to petition my wait time back since the Kidney didn’t get close to 100% performance. They want to try to get me placed back on the top of the wait list for another Kidney. The Drs also need to find out Why the new kidney did not reach maximum potential.
For the most part I feel better than I did while I was on Dialysis. I deal with some days of extreme fatigue and some other adverse issues. The bottom line reality though is that I may have to have another kidney transplant and my Kidney is functioning at about 20%. Of course I could use a Live donor so if you’re interested in donating contact me on Facebook or using my personal contact information. I will keep everyone posted on my status and I may have to fundraise again. Believe it or not I’ve had to use nearly $13K for medical expenses through this process already even with Medicare and Supplemental insurance.
If you’re interested in making donations I still need them and you can donate by using the donate button on this page or by going to www.ilivelemonadelife.com
February 6, 2018
Well it’s February 6th 2018. It’s been a whirlwind of a year already. I am happy to announce that I got a call at 6:10pm on New Year’s Day and I was successfully transplanted on 1/2/2018. What a way to start off the New Year. There is so much new information, Drs appointments, tests and complications but I’m happy to be pushing towards a healthy life again.
For the past few weeks since surgery I’ve been battling with infections, side effects from medicine and other medical related snafus. I’ve had a biopsy of my Kidney and so far despite the challenges, things are looking good.
I thank everyone that has supported me throughout this process and those that have donated help, prayer, a kind word, food and money and especially their time. Medication monthly and medical visits are in my future. I can still use help and donations until I get stable. GOD bless you all and I plan to see you soon.