Jessica Drey, Transplant Recipient

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After my transplants, my whole world changed...

I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at age 9. Over the years I had complications, which include congestive heart failure, neuropathy in my stomach and legs, seizures and high blood pressure. I was sick and in and out of the hospital for most of my life. I had to take several medications, and at age 30 I was diagnosed with end stage kidney failure. I started dialysis immediately. For six years I was on dialysis. Four of those years I was jumping through hoops to get on the transplant list. I was unable to travel, I had no energy and my kidneys stopped producing urine. I was approved to be on the kidney/pancreas transplant list. The first two phone calls I got about donors being available didn’t work out, but the third call did. On April 29, 2015, I had a successful kidney/pancreas transplant. After my transplants, my whole world changed. I have so much energy. I feel wonderful. I can now go traveling, camping, hiking and run around with my children. My health is great. My donor was a young girl who loved cheerleading. I’m so lucky to have her be a part of me. I have met her whole family. We are forever connected I am forever grateful.

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  1. August 24th, 2019 | J David Arment |

    I loved reading your story & about the necklace with half a heart. You're living inspiration to so many & your story should be told everywhere!!

    • August 24th, 2019 | Jessica Drey |

      Thanks. Btw I dont know how to delete comments on here. Ope! Lol

  2. January 7th, 2018 | Guadalupe Hernandez |

    Thank you so much for sharing this amazing and inspiring story. It gives me lots of hope to soon one day become diabetic free. It’s a dream. Very happy for you.☺️

    • August 24th, 2019 | Jessica Drey |

      Thank you. I wish you the best pf luck😀

  3. July 8th, 2017 | Anonymous |

    So happy for you and your family ❤

  4. June 6th, 2017 | Jessica Drey |

    I created this necklace for me and Zakiyyah ( my donor). My half of the heart says "Zakiyyah" and my Transplant date. Zakiyyahs half says "Jessica"and forever thankful. Zakiyyahs father has her half and I wear my half. Her kidney and pancreas were donated to me but we will always be connected in our hearts. I hope to make more necklaces for Transplant Recipients and their donors.

    • June 9th, 2017 | Anonymous |

      What a beautiful token of appreciation!

      • June 22nd, 2017 | Jessica |

        Thank you

  5. June 6th, 2017 | Stan |

    Congratulations Jessica!

    • June 8th, 2017 | Anonymous |

      Thank you


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