How do I approach the conversation about needing a kidney transplant with friends and family?
You may have been facing your kidney disease for a long time, and your friends and family already know about your condition. As you discuss this next step in your journey, you can let them know that one option is a living donor kidney transplant from a compatible person. It is important to let individuals who may be considering being tested for an organ donation to fully consider all the obligations the donation carries and discuss it with their own family members. Baylor Scott & White Health staff members are available to answer any questions you or your potential donor or family members may have.
To assist you with this process, we have developed a sample letter that you may give to your potential donors that gently explains your needs and how they may help. The letter reinforces that this is truly their individualized decision and does not compromise your relationship, regardless of their response.
We suggest that all patients think about living donor kidney transplantation.
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