IAmA living kidney donor who donated in December. I want to raise awareness for how easy and (nearly) painless the overall process was from beginning to end!
Proof: https://imgur.com/gallery/XqmLc7l (actual photo of my removed kidney there so I guess avert your eyes. It’s not gross or bloody because it was already drained of my blood, but it IS an organ.)
Edit: thank you all for the responses. :) Thank you to whichever kind mod threw my green bean pillow up there! I was super stoked to get one, and then I threw up on it. So now I have two, haha.
Edit 2: You aren’t a bad person if you don’t think you could ever do this. You’re a normal person. Volunteering to have organ removed that could potentially end with you dying is a wild, scary thing to do. No one would ever fault you for not doing it.
Edit 3: Omg I go to bed and wake up with rewards?! Thank you everyone for that and for all the kind words and personal stories. Keep telling them! Let’s get people to know that this process isn’t as scary or hard as you might think!
To answer a really common question, yes, I have boosted placement on donation lists if I ever need a kidney since I’ve given up one of mine. The people at UNOS manage “The List” and they know that if I ever get added, they will bump me way up.
Edit 4: I know this thread is dying down, and that’s alright. Just want it to be a resource for folk later on too. It’s been a little over a month since surgery and I tried a run today. I got about 0.5 miles before the discomfort where my kidney was was too great. Major bummer but I guess that’s how healing is.