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My mother, Anuradha Dwivedi, has been suffering from symptoms of kidney disease for years, but it was not detected until 2002, when her kidney function was less than 50%. She was given 7 years to live at that time. Since then, she and my father have committed themselves to her health and living well. My mother is not on dialysis, as she has been controlling her disease and symptoms through diet, medication, yoga, and homeopathy.



By October 2010, her kidney function was less than 20%, and she was dialysis (which is incredibly hard on the body... and the psyche). She was placed on the transplant list in October 2010, and was facing a wait of about 6 years, unless she was able to find a match before that.



Knowing that my mother would not have 6 years to live until her turn came up on the transplant list, I did what I could--I started a Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/KidneyDisease). I started the page to help my mother find a kidney--we will provide regular updates, and information on organ donation and kidney disease and health. Even if we didn't find a match for Mom, we may be able to help someone else.



In January 2011, I posted a link to Mom's Facebook page on my status update--Mom was having a particularly hard week, and her situation was getting a little more desperate. That evening on Twitter, I began receiving tweets from Amy Donohue (@TheFabulousOne), inquiring about Mom's health and asking questions about what we needed in regard to a donor. (Amy and I had been following each other on Twitter for a little over a year, and had met at dinner at FnB over the summer. Besides a few humorous tweets between us, we didn't have much of a connection.) Amy tweeted that she was interested in learning more & asked me to call her. She shared that she is a B- blood type (an initial match), and would be interested in seeing if she was a match for Mom--'I have 2 kidneys, but you only have 1 mom,' she said. We hung up the phone and I cried my eyes out.



Amy pursued the blood test match process on January 26th, and we received the news about her being a match for Mom on Friday, February 4th. Amazing to think that, without Twitter, she & I may have never met or even made a connection. I hope others that are seeking organ donor matches can utilize social media to help them in their search!

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