Debra Worrell is my mother. Below is her story. Hi, I am Debra Worrell and I need a kidney to live. My kidneys started failing a few years ago and now I am on home dialysis every night. I have been diagnosed with polycystic kidneys which is a hereditary disease. I am now on home dialysis, seven days a week. I have always been an active person but dialysis has slowed things down. My nightly routine involves a very structured regiment as I prepare for my daily treatment. I start my evenings by nightly sanitizing my area for dialysis and starting the process to start my treatment. My mornings start with a daily regiment as I disconnect from the machine that is keeping me alive by cleansing my blood. This process cleanses my blood and keeps me alive. I have been blessed with a great career in the field of education. I have worked 25 years in the field of education as a special education teacher and an administrator. I have enjoyed working with my students over the years and sharing in their success stories. It is always a joy when they and their parents return to share their accomplishments. God has blessed me with two children and they are Tania and Michael who I love dearly. A kidney transplant will allow me the opportunity to live again. It will give me the time to engage and participate in more activities with friends and family. It will give me the energy to participate in more family activities and thrive. I am very thankful for all my blessings and I thank God for each day. Thank you for taking the time to read my story. if you are able to help you may go to my hospital web page: emory.donorscreen.org
Why I WalkI walk because too many families (like mine) are coping with this devastating chronic illness, and thousands more will face an unexpected kidney disease diagnosis in the year to come.
I walk to support the lifechanging work of the National Kidney Foundation:
- To ensure that families will have a place to turn when they need answers.
- To keep up the fight for policy changes to protect kidney patients and living donors.
- To drive innovation in transplantation and get more loved ones off the kidney transplant waitlist.
Are you with me?
Please consider supporting my efforts with a generous donation.