Some time ago, my boyfriend and I decided that when we hit our 10th anniversary, we would both volunteer to become kidney donors. It seemed like the perfect gesture: both a humanitarian act and a double-dare. We were enchanted by the idea of jumping off a medical cliff together. And what better way to spread the love than to save two strangers from death?
OK, so our 10th is fast-approaching -- it's about 18 months away. We might wimp out. We might take the leap. Honestly, I think I'm really the one making the choice.
I would love input about this decision. Has anyone out there donated a kidney? Do you know someone who has been through the process?
And, also, what do you think of the idea? Sometimes I think we're crazy to comtemplate going through through surgery and potential complications. But most of the time, it seems like we're the sane ones and everyone else is crazy. After all, research has shown that you can get along just fine with one kidney -- donors live just as long as non-donors. So isn't it crazy NOT to save a life?