How Ray Is Rocking 1 Kidney

RayonCamino3In August 2013 I decided to donate (anonymously) a kidney to anyone who needed it more than I did. Although in my early 60s I considered myself in good enough health to undertake this procedure. After about 6 months of tests this was confirmed, and the process of finding the most suitable recipient was started. After almost exactly a year the transplant took place, the whole process being documented in a blog – kidneydonor2014.wordpress.com.

After a few weeks of recuperation I was back at work, and life was completely back to normal for me within a month or two. I have always been a keen outdoors person and since the operation I have successfully completed several multi-day walks, such as the 4-day Heaphy Track Great Walk in New Zealand.

Most recently I walked, in 30 days total, El Camino de Santiago, the 880 km pilgrimage from the French Pyrenees across Spain to Santiago de Compostela and on to the coast at Finisterre. Life with one kidney certainly does rock!

One Response to “How Ray Is Rocking 1 Kidney”

  1. Bev Bishop

    Congratulations, Ray! I, too, donated a kidney at the age of 64 to whomever needed it. I was surprised they would take me as a donor at that age. It’s been a little over a year now, and I’m doing well, not as physically active as you, but still doing more than some folks my age. I hope my recipient is doing well, too, don’t you?

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