To the Editor:
The past month has been an emotional roller coaster in my quest for a kidney donor. I shared my story with family, friends and my community by sending out letters and flyers. This information was also shared on social media, which was ultimately featured as an article in the Cranston Herald. Although there were virtually no responses the first two weeks, I am happy to say that I have had several responses the past week and a half. A few people responded after seeing my flyers but most read the article in the Cranston Herald and the Warwick Beacon on the Internet. Lately there has been a plentitude of negative issues associated with the Internet, however the article that was shared again and again on social media may just prove to be miraculous in finding my kidney donor.
Most of the people who responded are women (except one) who want to help me because something spiritually motivated them to call me or they felt they could relate because they are mothers too. A few callers shared heartwarming stories about their family members who had serious health issues. Each person I spoke with was genuine, sincere and spoke from the heart. I don’t know if anyone I spoke with could be my donor match but I told them they gave me a positive outlook and hope during this very difficult time. My husband and daughters also are more hopeful in my quest for finding a kidney donor.
A few of my potential donors are undergoing the first blood test to find out their blood type however, I will continue to welcome calls for your help in finding a kidney donor match for me. I appreciate the kindness, thoughtfulness and generosity the public has shown.
My search for a kidney donor match is still ongoing and I will continue until I find a match. If you would like to help please call Sara Gibb. The RI Hospital Coordinator, at 401-444-3091 or you can call me, Carol Mitola at 401-569-1611.