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Find A Kidney Blog

In the Find A Kidney Blog, you’ll find both education and inspiration in your search for a living kidney donor, including tips from experts who have conducted a successful search and personal stories from people who have been in your situation and were able to find a living donor for a kidney transplant.

How Long Does it Take to Donate A Kidney

Colleen Gielda-Smith, Living Donor Patient Navigator, Penn Center for Living Donation

When you are looking for a living kidney donor, you may be wondering how long the kidney donation process takes from start to finish. Having this information can not only help you prepare but also give you important information to share with potential donors. How long a kidney donation takes depends on a number of […]

My Transplant Story: Rachel Muñiz

Rachel Muniz

My kidney journey began almost a year into my career as a nurse. In 2020, I graduated from nursing school. I’d chosen nursing as a second career. I always wanted to be a nurse, and in my late 20s I was able to start down the path to becoming one. Unexpectedly, I began my career […]

My Kidney Transplant Story: Wilson Du

Wilson Du

All my adult life, I was in finance. In the early 2000s, there was a real boom in the market, so I made a lot of money as a young adult—probably more than any young adult should make. With all that money comes a lot of irresponsibility. In many cases, when someone is doing well […]

How to Find a Living Kidney Donor

EJ Tamez

If you have been diagnosed with kidney disease and informed you need a kidney transplant, you may be wondering how to go about finding a living kidney donor. If you have been approved for a kidney transplant, you will need to join the national waiting list for a kidney from a deceased donor. However, finding […]

Holiday Conversations: How to Talk to Your Family About Your Need for a Kidney

Melissa Coleman Godfrey, Transplant Outreach Coordinator, Penn Transplant Institute

The holiday season can be a time of joy, togetherness, and celebration with family and loved ones. However, if you have been diagnosed with kidney failure and are searching for a living kidney donor, the holidays can also be a stressful and anxious time as you decide how much of your health condition to share […]

What You Need to Know if Your Child Needs a Kidney Transplant

Molly Gerken Ruane, MSN, APRN, FNP-C

As the mother of a child with chronic kidney disease who has now been transplanted, there is a lot of information that I wish I would have known. Some things took me months of research to find or figure out—I learned so much I could write a book! Here are some valuable tips and advice […]

How to Share Your Story When You Need a Kidney Donor

EJ Tamez

Being told you need a kidney transplant is overwhelming, and you might be tempted to keep your need for a kidney donor to yourself. Don’t make that mistake. Remember: the more you share your story, the more people you will reach, and the better your chances of finding a living kidney donor. There are many […]