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Appendix Follow-Up and 2nd Kidney Follow-Up

February 20, 2020

Since we got home 2 and a half weeks ago, I've been feeling better and better each day. I can feel...


Guest Post: My Wife Jill

February 11, 2020

My name is Jill, and I am an organ donor’s caregiver/spouse. I am honored and excited to be Ryan...


Finally Back Home

February 4, 2020

Yesterday, I had my post-appendicitis follow-up appointment. Because everything had been going well...


No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

February 2, 2020

It's been a while since my last post, but it's been a crazy few days.

On Tuesday, January 29, I was...


Finished the First Follow-Up Appointment

January 27, 2020

I went to my first post-surgery follow-up appointment this morning. It was in the same beautiful building...


Transplant House Update 2

January 25, 2020

Hello everyone, I figured I’d update you on how things are going for me to far.

Generally, things...


My Time at the Transplant House So Far

January 22, 2020

I’ve been staying at the Penn Transplant House for the last few days. So far, it’s already been a...


Post-Surgery Update (Finally)

January 20, 2020

Hey everyone, it's been a while since the surgery, but now I’m in a good place and feel well enough...


The Countdown Begins

January 14, 2020

Last night, my wife Jill and I drove up to our hotel a few blocks from the hospital. We had to have...


The recipient needs your help

January 8, 2020

I wanted to share something with you all. The recipient’s family started a Children’s Organ Transplant...


Surgery Date Set (Part 2)

January 7, 2020

Today I finally heard back from the hospital. After coordinating with the children’s hospital that...


Surgery Postponed

January 1, 2020

Unfortunately, we had to postpone the surgery. The morning of my pre-op appointment I had a little...


Finished the Pre-Op Appointment

December 30, 2019

I got back from my pre-op appointment at the hospital just a few hours ago. All in all, it wasn’t...


Met the Recipient's Family

December 29, 2019

Tomorrow I’ll have lots of updates about my pre-op appointment, but I met the recipient’s family today...


Surgery Date Set

December 14, 2019

Yesterday was another long travel day for me, so apologies for not posting sooner.

On my flight yesterday...


Meeting the Recipient

December 10, 2019

Hello all. First off I want to apologize, I’m writing this post at the end of a long travel day. I...


Finally Approved!

December 6, 2019

I got the call a few hours ago from the hospital, I was finally approved to be a donor! The donor...


Another 24 hour Urine Collection

November 26, 2019

I got a follow-up call from the hospital the week before last, on Monday, November 11, but I wanted...


The Last Round of Tests Are Done

November 7, 2019

Wow, that was a long couple of days. I'm on my train back home after my two day marathon of tests...


On My Way

November 5, 2019

Hello everyone. I’m writing this from my Amtrak train headed to my next round of testing. I mentioned...


The Blood Work Results are In...

October 28, 2019

I got a call today from the hospital about the results of my blood and urine tests. They said everything...


Lots and Lots of Waiting

October 24, 2019

Yesterday I had the glucose and urine tests done, the ones I mentioned in my previous post. They were...


Getting Up to Speed

October 22, 2019

Hello again! In my previous post, I mentioned it had been a few months since I initially applied to...


Introduction

October 21, 2019

Hello! My name is Ryan, and I've decided to donate one of my kidneys. Since this is a pretty big thing...