Got A Kidney to Spare?

It's been a week since Kidney Education Day at IU Hospital. A week to let the realness of everything sink in.  A week to wrap my brain around the truth of how badly I need a new kidney to live.  We learned that the life expectancy of living on dialysis and not ever having a transplant is 5-10 years.  We learned receiving a live donor kidney transplant could last 20 years!  I don't know about you, but 20 years sounds a lot better to me!  You see I'm only 48 years old, I'm the mom of three great sons, Evan is 25, Logan is 23 and Isaiah is 19 and wife to a wonderful, devoted husband.  I need them and they need me.  I am also very blessed to be Mimi to a beautiful little girl who is 6 and a little boy who I expect to meet on January 22nd ~ in just a few days!  I need them and they need me.  I recently moved back to Indiana to live near family, my parents, sisters, brothers, nieces, nephews and my grandmother.  I need them and they need me.  I need a kidney and I need one soon.
My 3 sons, daughter in law , grand daughter and grandson on the way.

This is my family.  That's me in the denim jacket.

It took me about 5 days to work up the nerve to post on Facebook about my need.  It's not easy asking friends, loved ones and strangers to undergo surgery for you AND give you an organ, but I swallowed my fears and I did it.  Here is my original post  .

So friends, if you are reading this, please consider giving the gift of life, either through the live donor program or becoming an organ donor when you pass.  You won't just change one life, you'll be changing many!

If you would like to be considered for kidney donation to me, please call IU Hospital and speak to a donor representative.  1-800-382-4602.  Tell them you want to donate to Jodie Minniear.
Or click this link to submit a request to be contacted:  https://iuhealth.org/find-medical-services/living-kidney-donation


Q & A

What is your blood type?
I am blood type O.  I can receive a kidney from an O blood type.

What other tests are required?
When you call the donation line, you will be assigned a donor representative.  Your rep will make arrangements to hold a 30 minute phone meeting with you.

After the meeting, if you are a good candidate you will need to be tested for Blood Type and  Crossmatching. This is a quick blood test!  Easy Peasy!

All tests are billed to the transplant program and can be done at a hospital near you.

What if I'm a match?
-You will complete a series of medical exams to make sure you are strong and healthy enough to  withstand surgery.  These tests will be at a hospital or doctors office near you that cooperate with the IU transplant payment program.  No need to travel!

-You will attend an education day geared to donating a kidney. This will be held at IU Hospital in Indianapolis.

-The surgery to donate a kidney is paid for by my insurance.  It will require about a 3 day hospital stay and take about 2-3 weeks to get your full energy back after you return home.  Kidneys are pretty amazing, during that 2-3 week time frame, your solo kidney will begin to take on the responsibility of the missing one and you'll feel back to your old self again!

What if we aren't matches?
No worries, I'll still love you forever and be eternally thankful to you for stepping up and considering kidney donation!!!   OR....

You can take a moment to consider the Paired Donor Exchange program.



I'm thankful for each of you who have offered a kidney, called the donor line, are considering a donation and are praying for me!  You all rock!   If you haven't called yet, please call soon.  Everyday counts!

Thank you friends,



Disclaimer: I am not a doctor. I am not a medical professional. NO information on this site should be used to diagnose, treat, prevent or cure any disease or condition.

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  1. I'll be saying prayers for you to find a donor soon. I can tell you first hand that dialysis is not fun, but if you do have to do it for a bit while waiting, then the most important thing is to follow the suggested meal plan, take your meds and pay attention to your labs.
    Love, Jeanne

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