Living with kidney disease

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Erica Federico spoke with AZPM's Mark McLemore to discuss her search for an organ donor. They were joined by major gifts officer for the National Kidney Foundation of Arizona, Pat McReynolds.

The fight of my life

Erica Federico

I suffer from a form of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD), a hereditary condition known as Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) where cysts form on the organ and grow so big and numerous that they reduce kidney function and lead to failure. There are approximately 600,000 people in the US living with PKD and it is the cause of 5% of all kidney failure. I am one of six in my family to have it.

People may not be able to tell that there is anything wrong just by looking at me, but as this disease continues to deteriorate my kidney function I realize that might change. I have successfully avoided dialysis due to my healthy lifestyle, but my time is running out. It wasn't until recently that I found the courage to speak publicly about my condition in the hopes of finding a donor and educating people about the importance of kidney health and organ donation.

My journey has been hard but I refuse to give up. Under the care of doctors at the Mayo Clinic, I’ve started my search for a living donor. My blood type is O+. If you or anyone you know can help please reach out. Message me on facebook.com/kidney4erica or email 4EricaFederico@gmail.com with any questions. Interested donors are urged to fill out a pre-qualification questionnaire at mayoclinic.org/livingdonor (Select Arizona Mayo Clinic and indicate that you are testing for Erica Federico) or call The Living Donor Transplant Team at 480-342-1010 and mention patient name Erica Federico. Here is a resource guide from the Mayo Clinic about becoming a living donor.

I appreciate you taking the time to read my story. Please feel free to share any part of this on your personal pages, and thank you for helping me bring awareness to PKD.

- Erica Federico

Living Donor Resource Guide
Becoming a living donor
The Mayo Clinic has a number of resources to learn about becoming a living donor. If you are a match, everything will be taken care of and you can save a life!
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The National Kidney Foundation
As many as 1 in 7 adults live with kidney disease. The National Kidney Foundation of Arizona offers support to those in need.
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