What a wonderful post! Thank you so much! It is immensely encouraging to everyone to learn about the Quarter Century Club and those of you who have exceeded 30 yrs! Being an older person already, I compare my body to an old car now when parts need repairs. My latest diagnosis was some glaucoma in my right eye - I laughed when I was told all I had to do was use stinging eyedrops twice a day. Piece of cake!! Being alive is such a gift and after each of us having experienced such intense challenges in our pasts, for me, at least, it's easy to take the rest of the road bumps in stride :)
You know, much of the transplant success stories we hear about now are due to the advances the transplant docs have made and the new anti-rejection protocols being tailored to each patient according to their lab results. The only rejections that have not been resolved at my hospital in the past few yrs have been those patients who were non-compliant and did not report their symptoms until it was too late to reverse the damage. Most of those, I heard, were due to not drinking the prescribed amount of fluid daily and being lax about taking meds. My transplant team is pretty confident that if they treat it soon enough, they can restore a balky transplanted kidney to full viability. Of course, there are other factors for some of us with additional health complications. I don't mean to generalize - we are all individuals. Years ago I was friends with a transplant recipient who told me how he got a cadaveric kidney and took so much prednisone he swelled up for the first few years, but by the time I met him, he was slim and strong and could dance all night and was no longer on the steroids.