Written by: Amy Reinhardt
Many of you know my story. My life changed in 2021 when I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease that resulted in end-stage kidney failure. I went on the transplant list last October, but still haven’t received that call.
Did you know that you can live a perfectly normal life with just one of your kidneys? It’s a truth that many don’t know. Sharing your spare can save a life. To begin the testing process, you just call 913-945-6929 and talk with a Living Donor Coordinator.
At any given time there are about 100,000 people on the deceased waitlist. The wait time for the Midwest region is about 2-3 years. Adding to the living donor pool helps those who have been waiting months or even years for their lifesaving organ.
“Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.” 2 Corinthians 9:6-8
God designed the human body so intricately. Having chronic kidney disease has allowed me to get to know my body in a whole new way. The role of the kidneys is far more involved than I anticipated. They impact one’s blood pressure, body temperature, red blood cell production, and so much more.
Kidney failure has left my body damaged. It is not fulfilling its full potential because of this sickness. I know God will provide healing through the miraculous gift of transplant. The ability to put someone else’s organ into my body and have it work is beyond astonishing.
God knows exactly where my kidney will come from. It may be from someone who dies or from someone who calls to get tested to be a match. I don’t know and I don’t know when my time will come, but I can only pray that God’s will be done.
At 28 years old, Amy Reinhardt has been an Ascension parishioner for over half her life. She led Disciples Dwelling and was heavily involved in the young adult ministry up until getting diagnosed with end-stage renal disease. She strives to radiate Christ’s light and love to all who are blessed to know her. If you’d like to read Amy’s health updates: www.caringbridge.org/visit/amyreinhardt.