A Living Donor by way of Giving Care

by mitzimsa on February 8, 2015

 A Care Giver is a Living Donor 

Living Donor is a Circle of FriendsEvery time I see or hear the words “Living Donor” it causes me to pause.  This phrase has become a part of my world which I hear much to often being a wife of a dialysis patient awaiting a transplant.  A Living Donor is not only a person that gives an organ for transplant but a Care Giver as myself falls into the same category, if you ask me. So with that being said, I turned to Webster to define this single use coined phrase.

living: not dead : having life : currently active or being used : having the form of a person who is alive.

do·nor: a person or group that gives something (such as money, food, or clothes) in order to help a person or organization.


When most think of a donor they think of organs being donated by a person that has met their demise and or someone that has decide to donate an organ while living to save the life of a love one or person in need.

It’s hard for people to understand that a coined phrase can be coined for more than one person, group of people and or thing.  As Care Givers we may not be coming forth with an organ but we have made a conscious decision in life to give, contribute, and remain currently active in the receivers life.

Care Givers are givers that contribute to the wellbeing and good health of our love one’s. Some take on the roll as their choice of employment because they like to care for sick people. Either way Care Givers are supporters of the patient, we manage a patients medical care in hope of preserving the quality of life and longevity of another human being.  The next time you hear or see the phrase “Living Donor” take a moment and think of all the women and men that….





Having been a caretaker it is nice to know that are others also being a living donor.

by BusyBee - February 13, 2015 - 7:04 am. Reply #

That’s a great term to describe individuals like yourself providing care to loved ones during an illness. I work in managed care, we usually term those people care givers or care takers. I like living donor much better.

by Kim - February 13, 2015 - 8:12 am. Reply #

I had a friend who in 2007 was told he only had a year to live due to kidney disease. He was told he’d never have kids, and should probably just plan to wrap up his life. He went through dialysis, and through the support of his family and probably a lot of personal determination, he beat the odds there and kept on living. Then, a couple of years back, his brother was able to donate a kidney. Now he is happily married, has TWO beautiful children, and is a huge advocate for the kidney foundation. I love this message, and I am witness to the truth of it!

by Dove - February 13, 2015 - 7:35 pm. Reply #

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