About Me

Christine Kristen

Hi, I am a 43 year old mother of two and I need a kidney transplant.

I have Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD), which causes harmful cysts to grow in my kidneys.  I will be going on the kidney transplant list for a deceased donor kidney, but it’s far more beneficial for me to pursue a living kidney donor.  Here are just a few of the reasons I considered being proactive about finding a live kidney donor:

  • The wait for a deceased donor kidney for my blood type (B+) averages 8 years.
  • The transplant from a live donor would happen as soon as all testing is complete, possibly avoiding the need for dialysis.
  • A kidney from a living donor has the potential to last on average twice as long as a kidney from a deceased donor.
  • It is necessary to remove my oversized kidneys before transplanting a new kidney.  With a live donor, the surgery can be scheduled to accommodate this and the donor’s availability.

Click on the Pages tab to find out more about my health situation and the living donor process.

If you haven't already, please help me raise awareness and find a kidney donor by sharing and liking my Facebook page.  Kidney for Christine Kristen.

Thank you for taking the time to learn.  Your help is greatly appreciated.  Christine