Hello, my name is Peggy (Margaret) and I am a retired guidance counselor. I guess you could say that my life has revolved around education. My own schooling, graduating from the University of Connecticut and earning advanced degrees at the University of Bridgeport, began my journey. I then went on to teach third and fourth grades. Later I became an elementary, middle school, and finally a high school guidance counselor. I can honestly say that I LOVED my job and was fortunate to have found the perfect career for me!!!
In 2006 I made the decision to retire and to explore new directions and avenues. I am very much into bridge, cooking, reading, traveling, walking, and a little golfing. During my retirement I was able to help my elderly aunts, ages 102 and 104. I am privileged to have had my older aunt living with me for the last two years of her life.
Aunt Barbara and Peggy celebrating Aunt Barbara's 104th birthday
It was in 2014 that my doctor noticed that I had an elevated potassium level. She referred me to a nephrologist and he told me that I had less than 20 percent kidney function and was close to going on dialysis. I have polycystic kidney disease. PKD is a hereditary disease in which cysts form in the kidney causing the kidney to enlarge and eventually leading to complete kidney failure. I have been put on the list for a deceased donor kidney, but the wait is very long. I have been encouraged to seek a living donor and to do so before dialysis is necessary because a living donor offers the best chance of survival.
Can you help? Would you consider being a donor or help me find someone who would be willing to be a donor?
• Age 18+
• Compatible blood type with me - Blood Type B or O is also a potential match
• If you are not the right blood type, it doesn’t matter because Yale participates in paired kidney exchange. In this program a “kidney swap” occurs when a living kidney donor is incompatible with the recipient and so exchanges kidney with another donor/recipient pair.
• Donor should be in good general health
• If you are interested in becoming a living donor, you should contact the patient referral line at Yale Transplant Center (1-866-925-3897) and or New York Presbyterian (1-212-746-3723) and say you would like to donate a kidney to Margaret (Peggy) Karbovanec or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org . A medical committee will evaluate the feasibility of a transplant.
A person can lead an active, normal life with only one kidney. Studies have shown that one kidney is sufficient to keep the body healthy. Current research indicates that kidney donation does not change life expectancy or increase a person’s risks of developing kidney diseases or other problems. Also, being a donor does not impact a person’s ability to have a child. After recovering from surgery a donor can work, drive, exercise, participate in sports, and be in all types of occupations.
Medical expenses are covered by my insurance, and you don’t have to be a resident of Connecticut to donate. For those who live far away, programs are available to cover the cost of transportation, lodging, meals, etc. In the event that a donor or myself are not eligible for such programs, I will cover the cost myself.
Thank you for reading my story. I am hoping you will consider being a donor or help me find a donor who will selflessly give me the gift of life.