It is not easy for an individual in need of a kidney to ask someone to consider donating a kidney. The person with kidney failure may be afraid of rejection, afraid that s/he will jeopardize her/his relationship with the individual s/he approaches or worry that the donor will be harmed.
With that said, a friend or family member of the individual with kidney failure, who may not be able to donate her /his own kidney, may have a strong desire to help in some way. Introducing the Kidney Coach. The Kidney Coach (KC) is one who spreads the word about the patient’s condition and the need for a living donor kidney transplant can improve the chance that a suitable donor is found!
Athletic coaches assist athletes in developing their full athletic potential. Similarly, kC’s assist patients with kidney failure in reaching their full physical potential, allowing patients to live their fullest lives through live kidney donation. As a Kidney Coach, you are the primary advocate and spokesperson for the patient with kidney failure. Your job is to let everyone within the patient’s circle of family, friends and community know about the patient’s battle with kidney failure and all the transplant options available including, dialysis, deceased donor transplant and living donor transplant. As the KC, you encourage those who are interested in becoming a living donor to connect with the with the hospital they are “listed at”.
As the KC, you are an essential member of the patient’s support team. Just as the patient needs a transplant surgeon, a registered nurse and a donor, the patient may need a designated advocate to find a living kidney donor, which is the best option for transplantation. You serve as the patient’s primary advocate. You create the right conditions for friends and family to learn about kidney failure and motivate these individuals to consider donation.
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