Lisa Walsh Kirk of Antigonish,Nova Sc...

Lisa Walsh Kirk of Antigonish,Nova Scotia,Needs a Kidney

There are 5 comments on the story from Nov 27, 2010, titled Lisa Walsh Kirk of Antigonish,Nova Scotia,Needs a Kidney. In it, reports that:

2010 11 09

A young lady from Antigonish, Nova Scotia,needs another kidney transplant.

Lisa Walsh Kirk is 22 years old and has already lived a lifetime of suffering due to a failed kidney.

She is an A + , so she needs a donor who is A or 0 .

In 2005 she received a kidnet transplant. It was a success.She had the kidney for 5 years. 5 years without being hooked to a machine. 5 years without having to live at a hospital and 5 years without suffering and watching her family suffer too.

Then her new kidney failed.

As of September 9th 2010 she is back on the transplant list. You have to realise though. She does not have a donor.

75% people die before ever getting organ transplants. There just aren't enough donors. She has been on dialysis now 11 months.... almost a year.. She really would like another shot at life , she'd really like another kidney. She'd like to go back to school and become a nurse if her health improves. She just need the chance. She needs a kidney.

She lived more than 5 years in the Hospital and undergone over 38 operations.

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Since: Jan 08

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#1 Nov 27, 2010
The fight for life

November 23, 2010 Heather MacAdam,

For the past 10 years, Lisa Walsh-Kirk has been fighting.

The 22-year-old native of Aspen, Guysborough County has spent the majority of the last 10 years in hospital, and is currently spending every second day at St. Martha’s Regional Hospital receiving dialysis.

After a routine check-up at the age of 12 Walsh-Kirk found out her kidneys were failing completely.

“I had gotten a disease called Wegener’s granulomatosis,” she said.“A thinning of the arteries is what it is and your body attacks itself.”

Walsh-Kirk said she was originally diagnosed at the hospital in Sherbrooke and was taken by helicopter to the IWK Health Centre in Halifax.
“That’s when it all began.”

After nine months in hospital, three surgeries and two comas, Walsh-Kirk, who requires dialysis because of her failed kidneys, received a peritoneal dialysis catheter, which would allow her to receive dialysis at home.

Her parents received training over four months to be able to conduct her dialysis at home.

“They did all the training and then I finally got to go home for two weeks,” she said.“The peritoneal dialysis was supposed to let me have more freedom but because I was so sick I only got to stay home for a week or two at a time.”

Since: Jan 09

Brampton, Canada

#3 Nov 29, 2010
“They did all the training and then I finally got to go home for two weeks,” she said.“The peritoneal dialysis was supposed to let me have more freedom but because I was so sick I only got to stay home for a week or two at a time.”
Walsh-Kirk said she “basically lived at the IWK for five-and-a-half or six years.”

Five years ago after falling ill, she received a kidney transplant.
“By some miracle when it was my time I got a kidney from an anonymous donor,” she said.“It was a 42-year-old man. He had got a brain aneurism. He was completely healthy … and he went into the hospital with a headache and they told him he wasn’t going to live. He signed his donor card and 11 people got transplants from him, including myself.”

Five-and-a-half years later, clumps of Walsh-Kirk’s hair began falling out and she knew she was getting sick again.

Walsh-Kirk said she has been back on dialysis for almost one year now and needs another transplant.

“No one in my family matches,” she said.“That’s why I need a donor.”
Walsh-Kirk said when she first got sick at the age of 12, she met three other girls around her age going through the same thing.

Of the four girls, Walsh-Kirk is the only one still alive.

“These were all my friends and they were all waiting for donors,” she said.“I fought this for the last 10 years and I really don’t want to give up. Nobody in my family matches.”

Walsh-Kirk said she began writing about her struggle in a note on Facebook.
“Everything came to me – all the parts of my life that I’ve blocked out all came back and I just wrote it down. I spent three hours writing this note that I thought I would only [share with] a few people on my Facebook.”

People began sharing the note across the social networking site, she said.
“I’ve gotten emails from people that I don’t know from Ontario, from Alberta from everywhere asking me if they could be a donor for me.”

She added she is overwhelmed by the support she is receiving.
“I have a good feeling I will get my transplant,” she said.
She added she wants to raise awareness about the important of organ transplants.
“There are 20 people here every second day that are getting dialysis,” she said from her hospital bed at St. Martha’s Regional Hospital.

“Some of them are older – I’m the youngest one. They’re all waiting for transplants. There’s a lady here that has been on [dialysis] for four years. People need to be more aware that you don’t have to die to save someone’s life.”

She encouraged people to sign their donor card.

“You could save somebody’s life.”

Since: Jan 09

Brampton, Canada

#4 Dec 16, 2010
Wegener's granulomatosis a form of vasculitis (inflammation of blood vessels) that affects the lungs, kidneys and other organs. Due to its end-organ damage, it is life-threatening and requires long-term immunosuppression. Five-year survival is up to 87%, with some of the mortality due to toxicity of treatment. It is named after Dr. Friedrich Wegener, who described the disease in 1936.

Wegener's granulomatosis is part of a larger group of vasculitic syndromes, all of which feature an autoimmune attack by an abnormal type of circulating antibody termed ANCAs (antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies) against small and medium-size blood vessels. Apart from Wegener's, this category includes Churg-Strauss syndrome and microscopic polyangiitis.

Since: Jan 09

Brampton, Canada

#5 Dec 16, 2010
Lisa Walsh Kirk's Holiday Wish

Walsh Kirk is doing something special for the holidays. Lisa has made a Causes Holiday Wish to bring her friends and family together and raise money for a great cause, Living Organ Donor Awareness. To get in the spirit of the season, check out her Holiday Wish where you and your friends can leave messages, donate to the Wish, spread the word and make a difference!

"My Holiday Wish is in honor of Amber Quinn Adams , Vanessa Jessome & Shakira Rideout.. I Don't need an angel on my tree.. I have you girls watching over me."

Since: Jan 09

Brampton, Canada

#6 Jan 31, 2011
The young lady still needs a kidney folks.
Please pass the word along.

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