The truth about kidney donation

Our donor alumni have volunteered to share their unfiltered experiences with you to provide a realistic picture of what donation is like before, during, and after the procedure.

Why did you decide to donate?

Erin, 47

Donated anonymously in 2013

Jose, 33

Donated anonymously in 2013

Jon, 40

Donated anonymously in 2017

Martha

Donated to a local in need on 2018

Lara, 52

Donated to a friend in 2019

Jay, 55

Donated to a friend in 2019

How did you tell others about your decision to donate?

Erin, 47

Donated anonymously in 2013

Jay, 55

Donated to a friend in 2019

Martha

Donated to a local in need on 2018

Jon, 40

Donated anonymously in 2017

Lara, 52

Donated to a friend in 2019

What was the surgery like?

Jon, 40

Donated anonymously in 2017

Erin, 47

Donated anonymously in 2013

Lara, 52

Donated to a friend in 2019

Martha

Donated to a local in need on 2018

What advice would you give to someone considering donation?

Lara, 52

Donated to a friend in 2019

Erin, 47

Donated anonymously in 2013

Jay, 55

Donated to a friend in 2019

Jon, 40

Donated anonymously in 2017

Jose, 33

Donated anonymously in 2013

What was the recovery like? How much help did you need?

Erin, 47

Donated anonymously in 2013

Lara, 52

Donated to a friend in 2019

What is it like to live with one kidney?

Jose, 33

Donated anonymously in 2013

Erin, 47

Donated anonymously in 2013

Jon, 40

Donated anonymously in 2017

Lara, 52

Donated to a friend in 2019

Would you donate again?

Lara, 52

Donated to a friend in 2019

Martha

Donated to a local in need on 2018

Jon, 40

Donated anonymously in 2017

Jose, 33

Donated anonymously in 2013

What was the best part about donating?

Jay, 55

Donated to a friend in 2019

Erin, 47

Donated anonymously in 2013

Jose, 33

Donated anonymously in 2013

Martha

Donated to a local in need on 2018

Lara, 52

Donated to a friend in 2019

Jon, 40

Donated anonymously in 2017

What was the worst or scariest part about donating?

Jose, 33

Donated anonymously in 2013

Jon, 40

Donated anonymously in 2017

Lara, 52

Donated to a friend in 2019

Jay, 55

Donated to a friend in 2019

Erin, 47

Donated anonymously in 2013

Did you have any out of pocket costs?

Lara, 52

Donated to a friend in 2019

Martha

Donated to a local in need on 2018

Jay, 55

Donated to a friend in 2019

Jon, 40

Donated anonymously in 2017

Erin, 47

Donated anonymously in 2013

How long did it take to donate your kidney?

Erin, 47

Donated anonymously in 2013

Jon, 40

Donated anonymously in 2017

Lara, 52

Donated to a friend in 2019

What does your scar look like?

Lara, 52

Donated to a friend in 2019

Jon, 40

Donated anonymously in 2017

Did you ever feel pressured to donate?

Jon, 40

Donated anonymously in 2017

Erin, 47

Donated anonymously in 2013

How did you tell your work about your plans to donate?

Jon, 40

Donated anonymously in 2017

How do people react when they find out you are a donor?

Jon, 40

Donated anonymously in 2017

What is your relationship with your recipient?

Erin, 47

Donated anonymously in 2013

What if your loved one needs a kidney in the future?

Jay, 55

Donated to a friend in 2019

Donor Alumni experiences and opinions are provided for your consideration only. Your experience may be different and you should speak to your doctor about your decision to donate.