Alisha who had a triple bypass surgery is waiting on a kidney donor and will never give up!

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In 1997, I was diagnosed with kidney failure and started dialysis. May 5, 2000, I received a kidney transplant without subsequent complications. Even as a child living in kidney failure and not knowing it, I was always been more active than most children.

In April 2012, I noticed that I was becoming very tired. I thought I was just over doing things. On a visit to Oklahoma to visit my family, I started experiencing my body acting in ways that it had never acted before. I started having trouble breathing. I thought I was having panic attacks. My palms were sweaty, and I started feeling sick. I knew immediately from working in the nursing field that I needed to get to the hospital as I thought that I was having a heart attack.

When I got to the hospital, they immediately admitted me and started running tests. Tests indicated that I needed to have a triple bypass pass surgery. I was transported by ambulance to the hospital that performed the surgery. During the surgery, I lost my kidney function in the kidney transplant that I’d had for 12 years. Although the triple bypass made me feel like a brand new person, I was now faced with kidney failure again. My triple bypass was April 3, 2012.

Today I am on dialysis awaiting a new kidney. No matter what I’ve been through, I am blessed 100%. I am thankful and am still strong and going. I am loved and I appreciate life. I am very active every day and love the outdoors. I never struggle to live. I am thankful for the doctors that performed my heart surgery. I go strong everyday, and I always will.

No matter what happens, you’ve got to be strong and always believe all things are possible. Never give up! Surround yourself with good friends and family. I can do anything a healthy person can do because I believe in myself, and I’ll never give up. I have a strong will to live!

РAlisha Wells, Stonewall, Oklahoma