Dean Rogers

Transplant Recipient, Minnesota

  • Kidney, October 10, 2007, Sanford Transplant Services - Fargo

I spent 11 months on dialysis prior to receiving my transplant. It was a grind every week to live with dialysis, although I am always grateful for the great care I received during that time too.

I probably would not be alive today without the generosity of my donor. I have had this time to love my grandkids - what a blessing!

We received “the call” that a possible match had been found at about 10:30 at night. I was struck speechless & handed the phone to Kathy – it was too hard to believe. We got the final call the following morning to come in & begin preparing for the transplant. That was probably the most exciting & scary drive we ever have made to Fargo – and we were still wondering if it was true.

We have learned how delicate life is & just what it takes to care for these bodies we were blessed with. We also have learned how to live each day to its fullest, as we know how quickly it can change. I do my best to take care of myself to honor the donor that gave all so I could live a better life.

I wish my donor could know how much life I have gotten because of his/her choice to donate. The last 10 plus years have been a blessing to me and my family & I am eternally grateful. Thank you.

There are no words to truly express my gratitude, Dean.