Pamela Meyer, my wife of over 38 years, grew up in the metro Denver area, still sells residential real estate with Keller Williams -Denver Tech Center. We have 2 grown girls and 4 grand children who really need their "BG"! Actually, I really need her too! Some of you may know and others of you may not know that she is sick because she doesn’t look sickly. She is the bravest and strongest person I know but her treatment options are limited to dialysis treatments or a kidney transplant.
Pamela has Polycystic Kidney Disease - an autosomal dominant gene that if passed, means one HAS the disease. Her Dad had the disease and it was a 50/50 chance each pregnancy that her parents had -that he would pass that gene to the child. All 4 children got the gene and therefore the disease. She would ask her sisters for a kidney - but they have the same disease AND have both been transplanted! I, Jeff, her husband gave her her 1st kidney (and cannot donate my other one! :) And it is my kidney in her that is failing after 5 years through no fault of hers! Pamela's best chance for survival depends on getting another kidney from a living donor! With a living donor; surgery can be done sooner rather than later - ideally before she needs to go on Dialysis!
The wait list to get a "cadaver kidney" or a kidney from a deceased person in Colorado is more than 6 years. Once on dialysis, approximately 40-50% of those on dialysis pass away by 5 years. So finding a living donor is Pamela's best chance for success!
Pamela enjoys her work, but is TOTALLY GAGA over her grand children - who are now 12, 11, 8 and 5. She is very involved in the life of the oldest, as she is very nearby and her Mom is a single parent. Pamela and I like to travel ALOT and plan to resume some travels - once she gets a new kidney!