My name is Terry Richardson, and I NEED A KIDNEY. ***My blood type is O. I can receive a kidney directly from blood types O – and O + . IMPORTANT: IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE TESTED AS MY LIVING DONOR MATCH BUT ARE NOT BLOOD TYPE O, YOU CAN STILL HELP ME! *** My transplant center participates in the paired exchange program. If you are willing to be a match for someone else who has a living donor that is a match for me, both myself, and the second recipient, will receive a life-saving kidney!
In 1981, at the age of 21, I was diagnosed with end stage renal disease. In 1982, I received a kidney transplant from my brother. After 32 years of a very successful transplant, the transplant is now failing. My original failure was never attributed to a specific disease other than ‘hypertension’. Late last summer, my doctor decided to start the evaluation process to get me ready to go on the ‘transplant list’. She thought we would be getting a ‘head start’ on the process and would give ourselves time to prepare for the inevitable. But my kidney function declined more rapidly than expected and, by January of this year, I was already in need of a new transplant.
One thing I have learned over the past 32 years is that God uses people to bring about His blessings. Because I have had a transplant for 32 years, I have experienced those blessings first hand. God’s blessing and my brother’s selfless act have allowed me to live a very normal life, raise a family and work like anyone else! With the onset of my now failing kidney, we are faced with a different set of circumstances.
Since 1982, both of my brothers have needed transplants. Alan, the brother who gave me a kidney in 1982, just received his transplant this past fall. My oldest brother has received 2 transplants in the last 20 years. It is safe to say that we have exhausted all of our possibilities of related donors in our immediate family. Because of our family history the doctors have ruled out our family as donors.
Currently my kidney function (estimated GFR) is at 10%. Any function below 15% is considered kidney failure. I am being ‘worked up’ to start dialysis as soon as possible.
Without a transplant, dialysis will become a daily routine for us. It seems to me that when we are faced with difficult circumstances in our life, we tend to be more concerned for those we love rather than for ourselves. My concern through all of this is for my wife and our sons and my ability to be the husband and father I need and desire to be. It will be difficult to do many of the things that my family and I enjoy doing. When we are in good health, we often tend to take the most valuable things in life for granted. Kidney failure and dialysis drain most of your energy, making even simple tasks like working in the garden or cutting the grass difficult. My desire is to be able to continue to work and to do the things that our family enjoys like fishing and hunting with our sons, taking trips to the coast and the mountains, collecting shells and leaf-peeping with my wife. I also want to continue teaching kids at church on Wednesday nights and preaching every opportunity I can.
We have had several people inquire about being a donor but have not received word of any matching candidates as of yet.
If you would like to be tested as my living donor match, please contact Jenny McGraff with Emory Transplant Center at 855-366-7989. We have been told that any interested donor should call the above number and specifically say, “I want to be a living donor for Terry Richardson”. My Date of Birth is 03-09-1960.
Please know that it is a difficult thing to seek someone to donate their kidney to me. But, like in every other aspect of life, we simply must trust Christ and follow Him. So we will trust in the Lord that His plan for our family is what is best for us.
You will find my personal page here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Pastor-Terry-Needs-A-New-Kidney-Again/602756349857826#!/pages/Pastor-Terry-Needs-A-New-Kidney-Again/602756349857826