My Kidney Found its Home With Barbara

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  My Kidney Found its Home With Barbara

My Kidney donation to Barbara, my sister-in-law was a huge success! I went into sugery on Wednesday at 7:30 a.m. It only took 2 hours to extract my left kidney. Meanwhile Barbara went into surgery at 9:00 a.m. and it took 3 hours to attach my kidney, which instantly started to produce healthy urine.

Later that night, with the help of my husband, I was able to get up and walk down the hall to Barbara’s room. We were both so grateful all the tests, all the waiting and now the surgery was behind us and Barbara could look forward to a healthy, happy, long life!  We smiled at each other through tears at the miracle God had given us.

We have so much to be grateful for this Thanksgiving.  It’s still amazing to me that my kidney is now functioning in Barbara’s body, cleaning all her blood restoring her back to health that she hasn’t had in 10 years! The doctor’s said they couldn’t have asked for better results….from both of us. I was able to go home the next day. Barbara came home a few days after me, once she could tolerate the anti-rejection medication in tablet form.

I can’t even begin to describe the feeling of saving someone’s life. My hope is that people will become educated on how safe and relatively easy it is to donate a kidney to someone in need. There are over 100,000 people waiting on dialysis for a cadaver’s kidney. What they endure is horrific. There are very few live donors, less than 10%. Today is day 6 and I am walking around with relative ease.

PLEASE take a minute to view this profound video of Emily, a lovely woman who had to endure dialysis for 4 ½ years before she finally found a match.  I am so grateful that I could take one person waiting desperately for a kidney off the list.

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Comments (141)

Beth and Richard Witt
Long Island Cash Home Buyer - Center Moriches, NY
Long Island Cash Home Buyer 516-330-6940

God Bless You Kristine... I am really moved by what you did and I love the photo of the two of you after surgery... Love is an awesome thing and all I can say is your sister-in- law is truly blessed to have you in her life...

Happy Thanksgiving!


Nov 20, 2012 06:18 AM
Tom Esposito
Alpharetta Home Solutions - Alpharetta, GA

Wow!  I don't know if I could have scripted a better holiday script if I had really tried.  To be able to save someone's life by giving a part of yourself to them is truly a miracle.  As you said, you have a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving, but most of us do if we really think about it.  I wish both you and your sister-in-law a very Happy Thanksgiving and a healthy future. 

Nov 20, 2012 06:46 AM
Helen Bartlett
Refined Interior Staging Solutions - Fairway, KS
Kansas City Home Stager, Home Stylist, Redesigner

Kristine, What a beautiful story and gesture on your part.  I can't imagine that feeling of doing the ultimate in helping to save someone's life and restore a quality of life that so many people take for granted.  You are a beautiful, kind and very generous person that words can't come close to describing.  Thanks for sharing the beautiful story and I am wishing you a life of blessings that you've been for so many people around you.  Take care, Helen

Nov 20, 2012 07:38 AM
Larry Lawfer
YourStories Realty Group - Newton, MA
"I listen for a living." It's all about you.

I feel blessed to be your friend and have you as my inspiration.  How wonderful for you to know every single day that you have given your sister in law the gift of life. As a mom you know this, but this is way different.  Best to both of you.

Nov 20, 2012 08:43 AM
Kristine Ginsberg
Elite Staging and Redesign, LLC - Short Hills, NJ
NJ Home Stager

I am truly overwhelmed and humbled by all your comments. Moreover, today was a difficult day as I overdid it yesterday and paid the price for it today. I was feeling a little blue being housebound, and then logged onto Active Rain and read all your words of kindness. It immediately lifted me right back up. If this doesn't show the amazing network of people that make up Active Rain then I don't know what does.

Reading other people's stories of their own experience reminds me how important it is to get the word out there about how safe it is to donate a kidney. Thank you to everyone who took the time to read my blog and leave a comment. Know that each and every one of you touch me! All I can say is thank you - your support has really made this surgery even more profound and meaningful.......if that's possible.

Nov 20, 2012 09:08 AM
Mimi Foster
Falcon Property Company - Colorado Springs, CO
Voted Colorado Springs Best Realtor

Oh, my goodness, Kris.  This brought tears to my eyes.  I am so very, very grateful that this is now behind you.  I think that a long vacation is now in order.  Blessings and peace to you this Thanksgiving season, dear one.  Praise God it went so well for both of you.  (I have not been able to talk without coughing for about two weeks.  Just when I think I am clear to call, I start coughing this very annoying cough.  I would LOVE to talk with you soon!)

Nov 20, 2012 09:53 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Kristine you are a hero and an inspiration, and I am glad that both of you are doing well.

Nov 20, 2012 09:56 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude


What a wonderful gift you have given your sister-in-law. Thanksgiving could not be more meaningful for the two of you. Thank you for sharing this very powerful story and may it insprire others who can do the same.


Nov 20, 2012 12:33 PM
Short Sales, Foreclosure & Bank Owned Real Estate

Kristine you are an inspiration for all of us, beautiful story, God Bless you all!!

Nov 20, 2012 12:36 PM
Jen Bowman
Keller Williams on the Water - Holmes Beach, FL
Realtor - Anna Maria Island & Bradenton FL

Kristine, I wish you and your sister a speedy recovery.  I donated a kidney to my brother 6 years ago.   It's an amazing gift and you will feel blessed because of it.   Happy Thanksgiving! 

Nov 20, 2012 07:20 PM
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

Good morning Kris -

Wishing you and yours a very Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving!

John & Debbie

Nov 21, 2012 08:08 PM
Rob Renk
Center Street Lending - McKinney, TX
AE | Fast Fix/Flip Loans for Residential Investors

Thank you for sharing your personal story with all of us.  I am glad everything went well and this truly is a Happy Thanksgiving.

Nov 21, 2012 09:51 PM
Brian Kuhns
Coldwell Banker Roth Wehrly Graber - Fort Wayne, IN
Fort Wayne Real Estate by Brian Kuhns

I am still amazed by your selfless gift. What a Thanksgiving memory this year will be for you and Barbara. Many continued blessings this Thanksgiving Holiday

Nov 21, 2012 10:37 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Kristine, you and your family have a lot to be thankful for today --- wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Nov 22, 2012 12:33 AM
Lora "Leah" Stern 914-772-4528
Coldwell Banker, 170 N Main Street, New City NY 10956 - New City, NY
Real Estate Salesperson

Kristine, wishing you and your family the very best thanksgiving.  Your an inspiration to us all.

Nov 22, 2012 10:15 AM
Anna Dovger
Add Value Home Staging LLC, 281-704-6607 - The Woodlands, TX
Home Staging -The Woodlands, TX

Kristine, I am glad it's finally happened and I wish a fast recovery to both of you. You guys look fabulous...I am laughing at Rogers comments. I hope you've had a great Thanksgiving...I'm happy to say that I'm proud to know you.

Nov 22, 2012 11:58 AM
Christine Hooks
Pino Agency - Pennsville, NJ
Celebrating 25 Years in Real Estate!

Hello, Kristine.  What a beautiful story.  I'm very happy for both of you.  Be healthy.  What a wonderful thing you have done.  

Nov 23, 2012 01:15 PM
Patricia Aulson
Realtor - Portsmouth NH Homes-Hampton NH Homes

This is a touching story and a lovely one.  You girls are "meant to be" so to speak.  Sounds like this was the right match for sure.  Enjoy the days ahead and be thankful it worked as well as it did. It's for sure your holidays will be happy ones.  Enjoy!


Good luck!

 ~ Patricia Aulson/ Seacoast NH & ME REALTOR

Nov 24, 2012 04:57 AM
Tatyana Makarov
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - South Windsor, CT
Your Greater Hartford Area Realtor

Kristi, I hope you and your sister-in-law are doing much  better now. She is fortunate to have you in her life. My prays and thoughts are with you both.


Nov 25, 2012 06:55 AM
Gloria Todor
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services - Media, PA
& Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA

Hi Kristine, Your sister-in-law is so lucky to have you in her life for you have given her "literally" a part of yourself to enable her to increase her quality of life/heal her life.  I'd imagine your perspective on life has changed in a very rich way.  God speed to both of you.


Dec 11, 2012 10:07 AM