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I had my first kidney trouble at the age of 2. It was 1949 and treatment for kidney disease was relatively in it's infancy. I survived miraculously but had abnormal lab work most of my life. I have always led a pretty active life. A few years ago my kidney function labs started to become concerning. Now my GFR is hovering around 20. I'm on the donor list, inactive until I finish having some dental work done. My nephrologist says he can't believe how healthy I am. He said however I should prepare for dialysis or transplant. My son-in-law offered to donate his kidney. He had all of the testing and was a blood and tissue type match but can't donate because he is prediabetic. Since I retired I decided (in my great wisdom) to make our former horse pasture into a large country garden. Maybe I should have been a little more realistic (ya think?). I'm becoming more aware of my kidney disease… although I have known what I was facing I just couldn't believe it! It's so frustrating to get tired so easily. I used to love walking and now I get tired after short distances. I'm starting to look longingly at those electric scooters in the stores! I'm just to stubborn to use them. I'm loving being a grandma but it darned near killed my trying to catch my 3 year old granddaughter through the sand at the beach! I love my family and hope I can live long enough to watch them grow. My mom is 99 and still going. I have longevity on both sides of my family so I'm thinking a transplant will help me keep that trend going. I'm not on dialysis and hope to avoid it. I'm hoping this site will help me connect to others that can understand what am going through. I also I think it will also be a valuable tool to give me new ideas and understanding of the whole process.