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Are You Male or Female?


Share - which illness led up to you needing a transplant?

chronic end stage renal failure

Which Organ(s) did you receive? If you are on the waiting list, please share.


Drugs, vitamins, favorite foods

Cellcept, Neoral, prednisone.

How many years have you had your Transplant for?

1st transplant 11 year , 2nd transplant just celebrated 16 years from my sister.

I am Interested in Transplant Friends because...

I want to stay in touch with other transplant receipants, and find out all the latest news regarding transplants.

Which Transplant Center has or will perform your life saving surgery?

#1 Shands Gainesville, #2 Jacksonville Transplant Center

Share how your transplant experience changed your life?

It has given me a greater appreciation for life and I am thankful for everyday that I have to live. I am thankful for all those who choose to be organ donors and especially for my sister who so freely gave me last 16 years of life.

Share whatever information you want us to know about you

I was 19 years old when I was first diagnosed with end stage renal failure then was on January 1, 1982. After one year on dialysis I was match with my mother. In February of 1983 we went into the hospital at Shands Gainesville for the surgery, but the final cross match came back showing that we were no longer a match due to some blood transfusions I receive prior to the surgery. After that I went on the waiting list for a kidney. I waited for one year when on January 5, 1984 I received my first transplant. I had it for 11 years when in February 1995 it went into rejection. I chose to stay on peritoneal dialysis. By the middle on the second year I started having problems with tears in the peritoneal lining. So I chose to give transplant another try. This time at the Jacksonville Transplant Center. My father, brother and sister were tested for a match. Only my sister was a 6 antigen match. Once she found out that she was the perfect match she did not hesitant to give me part of herself that I may have that precious gift of life. This happen on March 17, 1998 (St Patrick Day}. I am so thankful for her and I thank God for her everyday of my life. We just celebrated our 16th year.

Share your interests and hobbies

I love to read, color, crafts, go for walks outside, go to the zoo, travel to historical places. I love St. Augustine, St. Simons Island, Fernandina Beach. I love lighthouses and going to see them. My favorites are those on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, especially Cape Hatteras, which I have climbed to the top of it. I would love to travel to as many as possible.

What Part of The World Do you Live? Feel free to share city, state, country

Jacksonville, Florida

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  • Hello Loriannn, welcome to tx friends, glad you found us and joined.You have a hero sister. Take care, enjoy life.
  • Hi Loriannn

    You can send your story to my email address transplantbuddies@gmail.com and I will create a page for you that will go onto our stories pages. You can also share it on a blog post here too. If you want to send me a private message with your story you can do that too.  Go to Contact on top of header and click on Contact. This will is my page and click on Private message and the message will go directly to me.

    Take care

  • Greetings and Welcome to Transplants Friends Loriannn. And try to join us in the chat room at 8pm EST / 5pm PST daily, Saturdays and Sundays at 3pm EST / 12pm PST. Take care.2914944?profile=RESIZE_1024x1024

  • Welcome Loriannn to Transplant Friends

    I love your story! You are truly Blessed. How is your Sister today?

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