The journey to transplant starts when your GFR or creatinine levels are of concern, and your nephrologist recommends you consider a transplant. It may seem overwhelming to consider this option, but there is much help along the way.
The biggest challenge is finding a kidney donor that matches your immune system. The transplant wait list for a donor averages 3-4 years, and at any given time, there may be 100,000 people on the waiting list in the U.S. But don’t let that discourage you – what is most important is to do the work to get on the list. Your new kidney will come from a deceased donor who had healthy kidneys when they died, or from a living donor who wants to “share their spare” with you.
In conjunction with Mount Baker Nephrology Associates (MBNA), Mount Baker Foundation (MBF) offers Peer 2 Peer, a mentorship program for people seeking transplant. Our mentors have experience with their own transplants and can share helpful tips and answer questions. Many have received the gift of a kidney from a living donor, and may be able to help you do the same. Our Peer Mentors include caregivers as well!
While finding a kidney donor is the most pivotal point in your journey, it is important to understand how to get to that point, which includes a comprehensive evaluation process. This helpful guide may make the journey simpler for you.
You can ask your doctor for a referral or call the center directly. While there are many options around the country, there are three kidney transplant facilities in Seattle:
There are 2 ways of finding a kidney. The first way is through a deceased donor. Your transplant center can help you get on this list for this type of transplant. The other option is finding a living donor. You can find more information about finding a living donor below under “Helpful Transplantation Resources.”
Note: It is helpful to check in with more than one center to find the right fit for you, and you can be placed on the kidney list by more than one transplant center.
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