I live with my wife in Byram Township, New Jersey. We have three adult children. I am a video producer and editor (Ray Mueller Productions) serving the needs of non-profit organizations. I was born outside Chicago, grew up in Minneapolis, went to college in Seward, NB, worked in Busby, MT and New York City, and moved to Jersey City, prior to settling here in Sussex County.
On April 3, 2012, at the age of 59, through the National Kidney Registry, I donated my left kidney to someone who had a donor who didn’t match them. Their donor was willing to “pay it forward,” giving their kidney to someone else in the chain who also had such a donor, and so on. As a result, four transplants took place on that day.
If you are a healthy adult and can take the time off work or are retired, I encourage you to consider such a donation yourself. I hope that this record of the process I’ve gone through might be helpful to you.
To start at the beginning of my story, go through the blogs according to their date, beginning with the first blog March 1, 2012.
If you have questions, feel free to contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Making the Most of a Donation: Coming to Acceptance
- Awareness Raised: Sharing Stories Shared With Me
- Called to Give, Blessed to Receive
- Time Passes: Reflections after Two Months
- Irritable and Grateful: Back to Work and Home Again
- Getting Back to Normal: Recovery at Home
- More Recovery: The Hours after Surgery
- Recovery: Waking Up
- Anticipation: The Hours Before Surgery
- Success: Thank God!