I Shared My Story

My Story: Debbie Labud

My Name is: Debbie Labud I am a: Transplant Recipient My Story: I have a genetic disease called alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency.  Found out when I was 36 years old, by the time I was 46 I received a left lung transplant.  In 2017, my native lung started expanding...

My Story: Judy Gradisek

My Name is: Judy Gradisek I am a: Kidney/Pancreas Recipient My Story: "I was a diabetic since the age of 15; at the age of 40, I needed a kidney. November 2000 I received a kidney & pancreas.  In 2019, kidney was failing, my brother gave me a kidney in November...

My Story: Shelii Spana

My Name Is: Shelii Spana I am a: Transplant Recipient My Story: "My name is Sheli Spana, a pharmacist and Diabetes Educator for Madison, MS.  I lost both of my kidneys to lupus an immunocompromising disease that can affect any organ in your body.  Lupus affected...

Stories Are Powerful Tools

This 5-minute video is based on testimonials Balboa Nephrology and our partner, Evergreen Nephrology collected at the recent Transplant Games of America . The video's reflective commentary suggests that as a society, not just in San Diego but all over the world, we...

My Story: Stacie Becker

My Name Is: Stacie Becker I am a: Heart Transplant Recipient My Story: Diagnosed with Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy at age 14.  20 first ICD. 21-17 hour major open heart surgery. 6 ICD changes.  December of 2016 listed for transplant. O+ blood, 99% antibodies.  I...

My Story: Anonymous

I am a: 2 Time Kidney Transplant Recipient My Story: My story started when I was a kid at 13 knowing I had kidney disease.  Months later, my mom wanted to make sure she gave me a normal life, so she gave me one of her kidneys.  That lasted 20 years almost.  Then I...

My Story: Rick Gadisek

My Name Is:  Rick Gradisek I am a: Kidney Donor My Story: Over 20 years ago my sister received a kidney + pancreas in summer of 2019.  Her original kidney began to fail.  Through the Starzyl Clinic @UPMC Pittsburgh, I qualified as a 6 for 6 match. After 43 test...

My Story: Darryl Ellis

My Name Is: Darryl Ellis I am a: Recipient My Story: I am a double recipient.  I received a liver in January of 2015.  My kidneys shut down during surgery.  I suffered through dialysis for 16 months.  A kidney transplant impacted the quality of my life by 1,000%. ...

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