The Reluctant Donor

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The only sibling with healthy kidneys, Suzanne is ambivalent about donating a kidney to a sister she's not even sure she likes?but she makes the offer. Eight family members, including her mother, have died from the disease. Now her sisters have PKD and each need kidney transplants. The Reluctant Donor exposes Suzanne's doubts, raw fear, and strong Irish Catholic family history. Her terror at the prospect of surgery is offset by her wonder at the small miracles that surround her. Inspired by her faith and the ...

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The only sibling with healthy kidneys, Suzanne is ambivalent about donating a kidney to a sister she's not even sure she likes–but she makes the offer. Eight family members, including her mother, have died from the disease. Now her sisters have PKD and each need kidney transplants. The Reluctant Donor exposes Suzanne's doubts, raw fear, and strong Irish Catholic family history. Her terror at the prospect of surgery is offset by her wonder at the small miracles that surround her. Inspired by her faith and the courage of those who came before her, Suzanne Ruff navigates uncertainty with humor and honesty.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592983315
  • Publisher: Beaver's Pond Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/28/2010
  • Pages: 215
  • Sales rank: 820,635
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Suzanne Ruff believes that being a living donor is an intensely personal choice. She is delighted that her old kidney now happily resides in her sister's body. In the case of a sudden or unexpected death and during a family's worst nightmare, she believes being an organ donor is one of the noblest things we can do.Suzanne continues to work for a cure for PKD and spread the word about the miracle of organ donation. She and her husband Bill live in Minnesota.

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Table of Contents

Author Note vii

1 What Did l Do? 1

2 My Name and My Destiny 9

3 A Miraculous Machine and o Big Fat Lie 19

4 Serendipity and My Sister JoAnn 39

5 My Mom 57

6 A God Wink and Irish Mothers 63

7 Reality 77

8 The Living Donor Seminar 97

9 My Sister Janice 103

10 And the Fog Lifted 109

11 A Medical Journey 115

12 A Million Bucks 143

13 My Last Birthday and Celebrity Status 151

14 The Bean l67

15 Peace Be With You 173

16 The Sweet Smell of Success 193

17 The Games 199

18 Finding a Cure for the Next Generation 207

Acknowledgements 213

About the Author 215

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2011

    A Reluctant Donor Becomes a Hero

    When someone¿s kidneys fail, dialysis and transplantation are the only options to avoid certain death. Since dialysis can be difficult on many people, a transplant is the treatment of choice. With the shortage of kidneys from deceased donors, living donations are often a preferred option. Finding a compatible donor can be complicated outside the family and even within a family, the decision actually to go through with a donation can be an agonizing one. Suzanne Ruff in her book "The Reluctant Donor" provides an emotional account of her fears of giving one of her kidneys to her sister plagued with the agony of polycystic kidney disease (PKD), an inherited disease that affects 600,000 souls in the United States and 2.5 million worldwide.

    Suzanne is the only one in her family who does not have the disease that killed numerous members of her family. Balancing her intense fear of death from surgery with the love for her sister, Suzanne takes us on an emotional rollercoaster, recalling the loss of her mother and other close members of her family as she slowly and painfully comes to grips with the difficult decision she knows she must make. This book is a great read and I recommend it to anyone contemplating donating a kidney.

    Walter A. Hunt, Ph.D. ¿ Author of "Kidney Disease: A Guide for Living"

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  • Posted April 26, 2010

    A MUST READ for families with PKD or friends of those who have been impacted by PKD. What is PKD? Polycystic Kidney Disease, a genetic kidney disease, for which there is no cure, that affects many members of a family.

    This is a heart touching book that is full of humor,love, courage (and lack of it) and faith.
    Can't put it down! A well written story of one family's journey. A great read!
    cb747

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    Posted May 17, 2011

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