My name is Kristin Shelley, I am 26 years old I was diagnosed with IGA Nephropathy in 2007. I didn't know that from the time of my diagnosis in December 2007 to May 2010 , I would be on dialysis.I am writing this in hopes of my experience helping others understand the situation completely.This is not an easy journey. It is though the journey life has taken me on, as well as one you may have to take; and with every day I am stronger mentally and emotionally.
Well my dad called me last night around 5 and told me the cross matching came back... My antibodies are fighting so hard that they killed my dads which means he can not donate to me. We cried a lot expecially me I couldn't stop. But my dad has signed up to be apart of the "paired matching" which means he can donate to someone who has a donor and is in the same situation as me. It is a huge positive but at the same time still painful. So if anyone knows anyone who is willing to get tested and is an O please let me know and I will get you all the info. Today was pretty rough I kept to myself and was pretty quiet cried a little at my desk. I am just so heart broken so disappionted. I just don't want to do this anymore I really thought it was going to all happen in December and I would be done with dialysis. But my dad told me I need to fight hard like my blood. I just wish my dad was here right now. I love you dad.