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Welcome! Congratulations on deciding to learn more about kidney transplant and living donation. Whether you are a patient, family member, friend, potential donor, or healthcare provider, we are here to help.

Explore Transplant is a national consortium of leading experts in transplant, health literacy, and research. Our commitment is to provide you with the best education and decision-making tools available.

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4 weeks ago

Caught in Action: Bethany Cruz from HMH Transplant Center’s Business Development and Outreach team shares about the impact of ”A Family Journey” class on supporting pursuit of preemptive living kidney transplantation. ... See MoreSee Less

Caught in Action: Bethany Cruz from HMH Transplant Center’s Business Development and Outreach team shares about the impact of ”A Family Journey” class on supporting pursuit of preemptive living kidney transplantation.Image attachmentImage attachment+1Image attachment
4 weeks ago

Dr. LaShara Davis is representing her Houston Methodist family at ASN’s Kidney Week in Orlando, FL. Here’s to a great conference! ... See MoreSee Less

Dr. LaShara Davis is representing her Houston Methodist family at ASN’s Kidney Week in Orlando, FL. Here’s to a great conference!
1 month ago

My diverse team is expanding! Happy Halloween from Houston Methodist Hospital's Patient Engagement and Research Lab! #houstonmethodisthospital #research #kidney #qualityoflife #happyhalloween #happyhalloween🎃 ... See MoreSee Less

My diverse team is expanding! Happy Halloween from Houston Methodist Hospitals Patient Engagement and Research Lab! #houstonmethodisthospital #research #kidney #qualityoflife #happyhalloween #happyhalloween🎃
1 month ago

“Meeting transplant patients and families for the first time was meaningful and fulfilling, adding depth to the work that we do.” This comes from our latest blog, "Our First Transplant Games: What We Learned from Attending the 2022 Transplant Games of America" written by Alexis Bobu, our Scientific Writer.

Fundamentally, we learned that it’s not just the life that you save but everyone else that you impact when you choose to donate, serve in the transplant community, provide education, awareness, and advocate for others.

To read the full blog, go to: https://exploretransplant.org/our-first-transplant…

#transplantgames #houstonmethodisthospital #teamwork #research #publichealth #education #awareness #advocacy #ckd #kidneyhealth #community #donorawareness #kidneydisease #organdonation #socialsupport #qualityoflifematters #qualityoflife #patientadvocacy #kidney #heartyourkidneys #livingdonation #livingdonorssavelives #CelebrationOfHope #celebrationoflife #transplantation #sandiegoconventioncenter #sandiego #storiesmatter #digitalstorytelling
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“Meeting transplant patients and families for the first time was meaningful and fulfilling, adding depth to the work that we do.” This comes from our latest blog, Our First Transplant Games: What We Learned from Attending the 2022 Transplant Games of America written by Alexis Bobu, our Scientific Writer.

Fundamentally, we learned that it’s not just the life that you save but everyone else that you impact when you choose to donate, serve in the transplant community, provide education, awareness, and advocate for others.

To read the full blog, go to: https://exploretransplant.org/our-first-transplant-games-what-we-learned-from-attending-the-2022-transplant-games-of-america/

#transplantgames #houstonmethodisthospital #teamwork #research #publichealth #education #awareness #advocacy #ckd #kidneyhealth #community #donorawareness #kidneydisease #organdonation #socialsupport #qualityoflifematters #qualityoflife #patientadvocacy #kidney #heartyourkidneys #livingdonation #livingdonorssavelives #CelebrationOfHope #celebrationoflife #transplantation #sandiegoconventioncenter #sandiego #storiesmatter #digitalstorytelling
1 month ago

Dr. Waterman was happy to give Grand Rounds and celebrate the accomplishments of UCI Transplant Center, led by her friend, Dr. Uttam Reddy, and his warm, patient-centered staff.

#patientcenteredcare #GrandRounds #education #talk #UCI #transplantcenter #ckd
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Dr. Waterman was happy to give Grand Rounds and celebrate the accomplishments of UCI Transplant Center, led by her friend, Dr. Uttam Reddy, and his warm, patient-centered staff.  

#patientcenteredcare #GrandRounds #education #talk #UCI #transplantcenter #ckdImage attachmentImage attachment
2 months ago

A team celebration for the Patient Engagement Research Lab to celebrate grants won and research in progress. It takes a village.

#research #teamdinner #patientengagement #teamwork #celebration #researchinprogress
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A team celebration for the Patient Engagement Research Lab to celebrate grants won and research in progress. It takes a village. 

#research #teamdinner #patientengagement #teamwork #celebration #researchinprogress
2 months ago

We are excited to announce that our Patient Engagement Research Lab in collaboration with the Kaiser Permanente Southern California (KPSC) health system has received funding from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to improve Chronic Kidney Disease care and transplant rates through the dissemination of innovative technology supported (mHealth) application to engage patients, family members, and potential living donors in pursuing transplant!

#CKD #kidneyrecipient #kidneydonor #mhealth #kaiserpermanente #patientengagement #research #transplantlife #transplant #healthcare #healthcareresearch #technology #AHRQ #grantannoucement #patientcare #patientvoicesmatter
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We are excited to announce that our Patient Engagement Research Lab in collaboration with the Kaiser Permanente Southern California (KPSC) health system has received funding from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)  to improve Chronic Kidney Disease care and transplant rates through the dissemination of innovative technology supported (mHealth) application to engage patients, family members, and potential living donors in pursuing transplant!  

 #CKD #kidneyrecipient #kidneydonor #mhealth #kaiserpermanente #patientengagement #research #transplantlife #transplant #healthcare #healthcareresearch #technology #AHRQ #grantannoucement #patientcare #patientvoicesmatter
2 months ago

Check out our latest blog on Does Age Matter, written by our guest blogger, Martha. Learn key insights from Martha on age-related considerations when it comes to living organ donation. If you are interested in being a living kidney donor, find out your specific risk factors – and then decide.

To read the blog go to:

#livingdonation #donate #donatelife #kidneytransplant #kidney #transplant #bethegift #explorelivingdonation #exploretransplant #heartyourkidneys #kidneyhealth #patientengagement #organdonation #kidneydisease #CKD #kidneydonor #blogpost #doesagematter #age #recipient #donor @marthagershun
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Check out our latest blog on Does Age Matter, written by our guest blogger, Martha. Learn key insights from Martha on age-related considerations when it comes to living organ donation. If you are interested in being a living kidney donor, find out your specific risk factors – and then decide. 

To read the blog go to: https://exploretransplant.org/news/

#livingdonation #donate #donatelife #kidneytransplant #kidney #transplant #bethegift #explorelivingdonation #exploretransplant #heartyourkidneys #kidneyhealth #patientengagement #organdonation #kidneydisease #CKD #kidneydonor #blogpost #doesagematter #age #recipient #donor @marthagershun
2 months ago

Earlier in September, LaShara Davis, PhD and Amy Waterman, PhD, participated in at The Future of Transplant Conference: Increasing Awareness in Diversity at Houston Methodist Hospital. The focus of this conference was to bring awareness to all and champion our Houston Methodist model by providing an unparalleled commitment to innovating diversity and inclusion initiatives encompassing equal access, service, education, and opportunities for all. Dr. Waterman Moderated the first session on Transplantation and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) at Houston Methodist Hospital. Dr. Davis introduced Ms. Ashlyn Holmes, a living donor kidney transplant recipient, and her family as part of the second plenary focused on Diversity in Transplantation Population, Health Care and Religion. At the conference, we were able to showcase the stories of Ms. Holmes, her mother, and her grandmother as they recalled her transplant journey. Ms. Holmes and her family shared their experiences as part of The Living Donation Storytelling Project, our growing digital library of stories about living donation. The inclusion of their stories marks the launch of the project here at Houston Methodist and the beginning of the transplant center’s DEI initiative to collect stories from the diverse Houston population.

You can view these stories and more by visiting:

#Diversity #equity #inclusion #houstonmethodist #patientengagement #tansplant #ckd #kidney #heartyourkidneys #stories #storiesmatter #houston #transplantcentersmakingadifference #livingdonation #kidneyrecipent
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Earlier in September, LaShara Davis, PhD and Amy Waterman, PhD, participated in at The Future of Transplant Conference: Increasing Awareness in Diversity at Houston Methodist Hospital. The focus of this conference was to bring awareness to all and champion our Houston Methodist model by providing an unparalleled commitment to innovating diversity and inclusion initiatives encompassing equal access, service, education, and opportunities for all. Dr. Waterman Moderated the first session on Transplantation and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) at Houston Methodist Hospital. Dr. Davis introduced Ms. Ashlyn Holmes, a living donor kidney transplant recipient, and her family as part of the second plenary focused on Diversity in Transplantation Population, Health Care and Religion. At the conference, we were able to showcase the stories of Ms. Holmes, her mother, and her grandmother as they recalled her transplant journey. Ms. Holmes and her family shared their experiences as part of The Living Donation Storytelling Project, our growing digital library of stories about living donation. The inclusion of their stories marks the launch of the project here at Houston Methodist and the beginning of the transplant center’s DEI initiative to collect stories from the diverse Houston population. 

You can view these stories and more by visiting: https://livingdonationstories.org/

#Diversity #equity #inclusion #houstonmethodist #patientengagement #tansplant #ckd #kidney #heartyourkidneys #stories #storiesmatter #houston #transplantcentersmakingadifference #livingdonation #kidneyrecipentImage attachmentImage attachment
2 months ago

Hello friends, we have some exciting news to share! We are looking for 5 kidney recipients to review educational material with us in a short interview process. If you are interested in participating, complete the following survey: https://survey.alchemer.com/s3/7024686/…

We look forward to hearing from you!

#ckd #kidneyrecipients #education #research #participation #transplantlife #interview #researchparticipants #kidneycare #transplant #patientengagement
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Hello friends, we have some exciting news to share! We are looking for 5 kidney recipients to review educational material with us in a short interview process. If you are interested in participating, complete the following survey: https://survey.alchemer.com/s3/7024686/e509a5e4d08e

We look forward to hearing from you! 

#ckd #kidneyrecipients #education #research #participation #transplantlife #interview #researchparticipants #kidneycare #transplant #patientengagement

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Thank you sharing this opportunity!

2 months ago

For those with chronic kidney disease, what is your take on protein intake? Due to impaired kidney function, those with chronic kidney disease are known to have induced sarcopenia or a loss of muscle tissue as a result of inflammation, decreased nutrients, and lowered physical activity. Those with kidney disease are also recommended to be on low protein diets. However, the latest research conducted at the Osaka Metropolitan University challenges that this may not always be the case. With limited studies looking into the relationship between skeletal muscle mass and protein intake for kidney transplant patients, researchers embarked on uncovering this science. These findings demonstrate that skeletal muscle changes are associated with consuming protein - a loss of muscle mass is a direct result of a lack of protein intake, and severe protein restrictions worsen sarcopenia.

To read more go to: https://dtnext.in/wellbeing/2022/…

Article:

#protein #CKD #chronickidneydisease #research #foodintake #diet #healthylifestyle #musclemass #nutrition #helath #patientengagement #kidneyfunction
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For those with chronic kidney disease, what is your take on protein intake? Due to impaired kidney function, those with chronic kidney disease are known to have induced sarcopenia or a loss of muscle tissue as a result of inflammation, decreased nutrients, and lowered physical activity. Those with kidney disease are also recommended to be on low protein diets. However, the latest research conducted at the Osaka Metropolitan University challenges that this may not always be the case. With limited studies looking into the relationship between skeletal muscle mass and protein intake for kidney transplant patients, researchers embarked on uncovering this science. These findings demonstrate that skeletal muscle changes are associated with consuming protein - a loss of muscle mass is a direct result of a lack of protein intake, and severe protein restrictions worsen sarcopenia.

To read more go to: https://www.dtnext.in/wellbeing/2022/09/16/is-limiting-protein-intake-healthy-for-kidney-transplant-patients

Article: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/35944294/

#protein #CKD #chronickidneydisease #research #foodintake #diet #healthylifestyle #musclemass #nutrition #helath #patientengagement #kidneyfunction
2 months ago

To understand patients’ lived experiences during COVID-19, we conducted a mixed-methods study with qualitative interviews on emotional, health, and financial challenges and quantitative surveys assessing depression and anxiety levels and information-seeking behaviors. Commonly reported stressors included postponing/ delaying medical visits and difficulty receiving medications. Fifteen participants with moderate to severe anxiety and depression reported having more frequent and severe panic attacks. Participants reported needing more transplant-specific updates about COVID-19 and frequent communication from their kidney and transplant specialists. As the impact of COVID-19 continues, needs-based interventions tailored for the kidney and transplant community including access to mental health resources, education, and support for care transitions should continue.

Our study is published in Kidney Medicine: https://sciencedirect.com/science/article/…

#research #kidneymedicine #publication #covid_19 #hotline #patientengagment #CKD #kidney #heartyourkidney #patientcare #community #transplantation #organdonation #support #mentalhealth #emotionalhealth #publichealth #advocacy #anxiety #depression #kidneydisease #kidneysupport #patientvoicesmatter #patientvoice #patientadvocacy #patientcare #informationseeking #livedexperiencematters
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To understand patients’ lived experiences during COVID-19, we conducted a mixed-methods study with qualitative interviews on emotional, health, and financial challenges and quantitative surveys assessing depression and anxiety levels and information-seeking behaviors. Commonly reported stressors included postponing/ delaying medical visits and difficulty receiving medications. Fifteen participants with moderate to severe anxiety and depression reported having more frequent and severe panic attacks. Participants reported needing more transplant-specific updates about COVID-19 and frequent communication from their kidney and transplant specialists. As the impact of COVID-19 continues, needs-based interventions tailored for the kidney and transplant community including access to mental health resources, education, and support for care transitions should continue. 

Our study is published in Kidney Medicine: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2590059522000930

#research #kidneymedicine #publication #covid_19 #hotline #patientengagment #CKD #kidney #heartyourkidney #patientcare #community #transplantation #organdonation #support #mentalhealth #emotionalhealth #publichealth #advocacy #anxiety #depression #kidneydisease #kidneysupport #patientvoicesmatter #patientvoice #patientadvocacy #patientcare #informationseeking #livedexperiencematters
Explore Transplant is at Houston Methodist Hospital (6565 Fannin Street, Houston).
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2 months ago

Our team attended the Living Kidney Donor Retreat on Friday, September 9th held by The Houston Methodist J.C. Walter Jr. Transplant Center to highlight the progress and achievements made by the Living Kidney Donation Program. The retreat emphasized the support the transplant center has provided to donors and recipients throughout the years the program has been active. It also stressed the importance of continuing to improve and provide more successful living kidney transplants in the coming years. The retreat concluded with deliberation over future directions of the program to create a streamlined process for donors and recipients. We are so proud to be a part of The Houston Methodist J.C. Walter Jr. Transplant Center!

#houstonmethodist #leadingmedicine #LivingKidneyDonation #Donation #CKD #shareyourspare #kidney #OrganDonation #kidneydonors #kidneyrecipients #patientcare #patientengagement #advocacymatters #StreamlineProcess #transplantation #thefutureoftransplant
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Our team attended the Living Kidney Donor Retreat on Friday, September 9th held by The Houston Methodist J.C. Walter Jr. Transplant Center to highlight the progress and achievements made by the Living Kidney Donation Program. The retreat emphasized the support the transplant center has provided to donors and recipients throughout the years the program has been active. It also stressed the importance of continuing to improve and provide more successful living kidney transplants in the coming years. The retreat concluded with deliberation over future directions of the program to create a streamlined process for donors and recipients. We are so proud to be a part of The Houston Methodist J.C. Walter Jr. Transplant Center!  

#houstonmethodist #leadingmedicine  #LivingKidneyDonation #Donation #CKD #shareyourspare #kidney #OrganDonation #kidneydonors #kidneyrecipients #patientcare #patientengagement #advocacymatters  #StreamlineProcess #transplantation  #thefutureoftransplant
3 months ago

We stand for patient engagement and amplifying the patient's voice, and beam with pride when we see other researchers advocating in these areas. Researchers at Stanford University identified 5 patient engagement practices for physicians to utilize in developing more meaningful connections with their patients, which include: “(1) prepare with intention, (2) listen intently and completely, (3) agree on what matters most, (4) connect with the patient’s story, and (5) explore emotional cues.” The patient’s story is so valuable and unique! Stanford researchers also emphasized the need for system-level interventions to create a supportive environment for doctors and other clinicians to implement these recommendations.

To read more, go to:
https://fiercehealthcare.com/practices/…

To read the full journal article, visit: https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/…



#hospital #organdonation #practices #patientengagement #JAMA #stanforduniversity #bestpractices
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We stand for patient engagement and amplifying the patients voice, and beam with pride when we see other researchers advocating in these areas. Researchers at Stanford University identified 5 patient engagement practices for physicians to utilize in developing more meaningful connections with their patients, which include: “(1) prepare with intention, (2) listen intently and completely, (3) agree on what matters most, (4) connect with the patient’s story, and (5) explore emotional cues.” The patient’s story is so valuable and unique! Stanford researchers also emphasized the need for system-level interventions to create a supportive environment for doctors and other clinicians to implement these recommendations.  

To read more, go to:  
https://www.fiercehealthcare.com/practices/5-proven-practices-to-help-doctors-connect-patients 

To read the full journal article, visit: https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/article-abstract/2758456 

 

#hospital #organdonation #practices #patientengagement #JAMA #stanforduniversity #bestpractices
3 months ago

We are excited to announce our latest blog, Prioritizing Patient Priorities Nationally: Key Takeaways from the People Driven Transplant Metrics Consensus Conference!

In this photo, Ms. Lorrinda Gray-Davis and Dr. Amy Waterman (both in the first row), along with other Working Group members, proudly share important metrics prioritized at the People Driven Transplant Metrics Conference.

To read our blog, go to: https://exploretransplant.org/prioritizing-patient…

#blogging #patientengagement #metrics #srtrcc22 #SRTR #conference #scientificregistry #kidneypatients #transplantation #patientmeasures #evaluation #brainstorming #decisionmaking #honoringpatients #kidneyhealth #houstonmethodist
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We are excited to announce our latest blog, Prioritizing Patient Priorities Nationally: Key Takeaways from the People Driven Transplant Metrics Consensus Conference! 

In this photo, Ms. Lorrinda Gray-Davis and Dr. Amy Waterman (both in the first row), along with other Working Group members, proudly share important metrics prioritized at the People Driven Transplant Metrics Conference. 

To read our blog, go to: https://exploretransplant.org/prioritizing-patient-priorities-nationally-key-takeaways-from-the-people-driven-transplant-metrics-consensus-conference/

#blogging #patientengagement #metrics #srtrcc22 #SRTR #conference #scientificregistry #kidneypatients #transplantation #patientmeasures #evaluation #brainstorming #decisionmaking #honoringpatients #kidneyhealth #houstonmethodist
3 months ago

As of today, we celebrate the one million transplants that have occurred in the US helping patients live longer and better. Congratulations to the entire field of transplantation! 👏🏼

To read the news report, go to: https://usatoday.com/story/news/…

#celebratelife #celebratingthegiftoflife #organdonationsaveslives #organdonation #transplantation #transplantmilestones #DonateLife #LivingItForward #1MillionTransplants
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As of today, we celebrate the one million transplants that have occurred in the US helping patients live longer and better.  Congratulations to the entire field of transplantation! 👏🏼 

To read the news report, go to: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/health/2022/09/09/us-reaches-1-million-organ-transplant-milestone-advances-continue/7937831001/?gnt-cfr=1  

#celebratelife #celebratingthegiftoflife #organdonationsaveslives #organdonation #transplantation #transplantmilestones #DonateLife #LivingItForward #1MillionTransplants
3 months ago

The Patient Engagement, Disparities, and Research Lab would like to introduce Victoria Cassell, our newest lab member! Victoria will be serving as a Clinical Research Data Coordinator and will be working alongside Drs. LaShara Davis and Amy Waterman on their respective kidney research and education projects. Victoria is eager to integrate her social psychology background into the world of transplant and research. Victoria has already greatly contributed to the management of key measures of upcoming patient education trials as well as the improvement of kidney disease and transplant education. We are so happy to have her as part of our team! #research #team #patientengagement #houstonmethodist #EmployeeSpotlight ... See MoreSee Less

The Patient Engagement, Disparities, and Research Lab would like to introduce Victoria Cassell, our newest lab member! Victoria will be serving as a Clinical Research Data Coordinator and will be working alongside Drs. LaShara Davis and Amy Waterman on their respective kidney research and education projects. Victoria is eager to integrate her social psychology background into the world of transplant and research. Victoria has already greatly contributed to the management of key measures of upcoming patient education trials as well as the improvement of kidney disease and transplant education. We are so happy to have her as part of our team! #research #team #patientengagement #houstonmethodist #EmployeeSpotlight
3 months ago

Did you know that our Living Donation Storytelling Project includes international reach? We are honored to partner with the Canadian Blood Services to provide Canadians the opportunity to participate in this project. Canadian Blood Services works with the Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation (OTDT) community to improve national system performance through the development of leading practices, professional education, public awareness, and data analysis and reporting.

The digital storytelling platform has more than 100 stories from living donors, recipients, allies, including those exploring the idea of donation. Individuals interested in finding a living donor or seeking a donor on behalf of another can film their stories, include them in the library, and broadcast them using Facebook and Instagram to their own communities.

To learn more about our partnership check out their website: https://blood.ca/en/organs-tissues/…

#livingdonation #donate #donatelife #shareyourstories #kidneytransplant #kidney #transplant #bethegift #explorelivingdonation #exploretransplant #heartyourkidneys #kidneyhealth #patientengagement #organdonation #kidneydisease #CKD #kidneyrecipient #kidneydonor #canadianbloodservies #canadahealth #TheLivingDonationStorytellingProject #houstonmethodist
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Did you know that our Living Donation Storytelling Project includes international reach? We are honored to partner with the Canadian Blood Services to provide Canadians the opportunity to participate in this project. Canadian Blood Services works with the Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation (OTDT) community to improve national system performance through the development of leading practices, professional education, public awareness, and data analysis and reporting. 

The digital storytelling platform has more than 100 stories from living donors, recipients, allies, including those exploring the idea of donation. Individuals interested in finding a living donor or seeking a donor on behalf of another can film their stories, include them in the library, and broadcast them using Facebook and Instagram to their own communities.      

To learn more about our partnership check out their website: https://www.blood.ca/en/organs-tissues/living-organ-donation/what-living-kidney-donation/international-living-donation 

#livingdonation #donate #donatelife #shareyourstories  #kidneytransplant #kidney #transplant #bethegift #explorelivingdonation #exploretransplant #heartyourkidneys #kidneyhealth #patientengagement #organdonation #kidneydisease #CKD #kidneyrecipient #kidneydonor #canadianbloodservies #canadahealth #TheLivingDonationStorytellingProject #houstonmethodist

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Love that project with its searchable database. So well done.

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INSIGHTS FROM KIDNEY RECIPIENTS, LIVING DONORS AND TRANSPLANT PROFESSIONALS

  • Does Age Matter?

    Does Age Matter?

    Written by Martha Gershun, Guest Blogger   “I’m probably too old to be a kidney donor,” is a very common concern for those considering living donation.  I know age was very much on my mind when, at age 60, I volunteered to donate to a 56-year-old woman I read about in our local newspaper.  I had recently received a letter from …Read more