COLORADO SPRINGS – With the National Kidney Foundation annual Colorado Springs Kidney Walk, coming up I wanted to update you on a kidney transplant patient I introduced you to last year in Your Healthy Family. At the time Dominic Maffia was just a few weeks away from a kidney transplant after spending nearly a year on dialysis.
Now a year out of transplant, he has the energy and time to pursue the activities he loves. Dominic says, “I danced before my transplant, but not this much. Ever since I got out of transplant now I go 3 to 4 times a week. It’s the most the energizing thing.”
He also working at the dialysis center where he spent 12 hours a week getting his blood cleaned. Dominic says it’s a chance to help others who are on the same difficult road he has traveled. “The best part about it when I get patients in the chair that don’t know my story. I hear them say, ‘You don’t know what I’m going through.’ and I get to say ‘I do know’.”
Because someone donated a kidney to Dominic, he is also still working toward his goal of being a full-time firefighter. He graduated from the fire academy and is working toward becoming an E.M.T.
Dominic explains, “The energy (I have) and my quality of life, has multiplied by a thousand times.”
Dominic loves to serve others and give back. It’s a quality he learned from his mother Jennifer who was her son’s kidney donor. Jennifer says, “I have to stop and think about it now and then as we are coming up on the one year anniversary. The biggest part for me is to watch him go from sitting in dialysis 3 days a week, for 4 hours a day to just living a normal life and helping others and doing the things he wants to do.”
To learn more about becoming a live kidney donor, visit the National Kidney Foundation website.