Author Archives: Ray Mueller

About Ray Mueller

Husband, father, Christian, pro-life, kidney donor, video producer & editor

Recovery: Waking Up

It is Easter morning.  He is risen – indeed!  I can’t remember another Easter in which I was not celebrating the resurrection of Christ in church with others.  Instead I am home, continuing to rest up.  Perhaps writing today about … Continue reading

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Anticipation: The Hours Before Surgery

One of the top five happiest days of my life was this past Tuesday, the day of my surgery.  It rates right after the day of my marriage and the days my three children were born.  My dream of sharing … Continue reading

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Success: Thank God!

My recipient is doing well, I am doing well, and so are the other donors and recipients who participated through an NKR kidney chain in four transplants yesterday!  Mary Beth and I have just returned home, minus my left kidney, … Continue reading

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Testing and Trusting: Preparing for the Surgery

For the most part I’ve enjoyed the medical preparations for kidney donation.  I’m not sick.  I wasn’t in an accident.  I don’t have to worry about the cost.  I have a good excuse to take time off from work.  I … Continue reading

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Getting Support: Help Along the Way

Back in September, I had to meet with a “donor advocate,” someone not affiliated with the transplant center.  But why?   I could understand those that were giving to a loved one needing someone to make sure they were not feeling … Continue reading

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Reflecting on Life: The Family Meeting

“Why do we have two kidneys?” My son asked this of the doctor last Thursday at the meeting the transplant center planned, in which my children met the transplant team and learned about kidney donation, the operation, and follow-up care. … Continue reading

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Getting Real: Meeting the Transplant Team

Diane of the National Kidney Registry called me last Friday to see how I was doing.  Getting a little nervous, I admitted.  But also excited.  I couldn’t help asking about the kidney chain they are developing with their state-of-the-art transplant … Continue reading

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