Amy Cowin
Oct 19, 2017

Sisters and kidneys are the best gift!

The best gift I've ever given was my kidney. My sister was diagnosed with renal failure and I immediately offered her one of mine. We knew the wait for a donor kidney was going to be long and certainly longer than she could withstand, so I insisted she have one of mine. Just so happens that we were a near perfect match and since we were already like two peas in a pod and closer than twins, sharing a pair of kidneys would make us even closer. 

I went into surgery first and about an hour later my sister went into the operating room. We nearly gave our mom a heart attack. After waking up, I knew this was the best decision I had ever made, even though the pain was the worst I had ever experienced. The first thing my sister said to me when she woke up with her new kidney: "You're kidney is fat, but I'll keep it!" I offered to take it back, but I'd rather have my sister than my kidney any day. My sister is my best friend, confidant, roommate, co-mom to our dog Rocco and the best gift my mom could have ever given me.

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