About

trixie-squareI launched a blog in mid-2002 as a means to brand and market Score! Music Magazine. It’s easy to forget, but back then, online publications were few and far between, especially those that covered unsigned (indie) and small label artists. My co-publisher and I created and developed the project out of thin air, concocting the rules as we went along. Our only failure was that we couldn’t figure out how to monetize the damn thing. If we had, Score! Music might still be around.

Anyway, one afternoon my co-publisher and I were chatting online, most likely while having a cocktail, when the phrase “What’s With All The Feather Boas?” flew out of my keyboard. After our laughing subsided, the quip became a title, and the blog’s readers spent the next six years wondering what in the world it meant (hint: dunno).

In 2008, I became a living kidney donor, and shortly afterward, realized how deficient the US transplant system is in regards to living organ donor protections and care. Living Donor 101 was born out of my research, and the blog took a dramatic turn toward advocacy and activism issues. Consequently a name change was in order: Living Donors Are People Too was born.

 

To continue growing, and to reach as many people as possible, the blog moved to its current domain in late 2011. This change allowed me to add a Living Donor Experience Survey and other niceties, as well as focus on SEO (search engine optimization) and other tech-geek things that most people think nothing about.

So thanks for visiting. If some of my posts make you angry, that’s not a bad thing. But you might want to ask yourself “why” before scribbling off a nasty email or comment. After all, I’m not the one responsible for the lack of valid and reliable living donor data, and I’m not the one abandoning living donors when they report a complication or injury, or suffering from depression, anxiety or PTSD. I’m just trying to make people aware of these injustices and motivate folks to change it.

 

Take care of yourself. And feel free to drop me a note anytime at cristy(at)livingdonor101(dot)com.

Cristy

 

 

 

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1 comment

  1. Pam Baumli

    I am a living kidney donor from June of 1998. I had the old fashioned split you in half, take a rib type of surgery.
    I was the mother to three young sons at the time, very active, busy farm wife, in very good physical shape. My surgery was at St. Luke’s in Kansas City, MO, my 18 year old nephew received my kidney. I did feel pressure from family to donate, mainly my sister and her husband. My husband, and parents were supportive. My parents later gave support to my sister and her kids, but not me. My kidney failed after 1 year, I was never given a reason, or told much about it. No one ever told me about risks, complications, etc. I was a year before I could do the physical farm work I had previously done. As we are self employed my health insurance went thru the roof, and continues to do so. I had asked questions regarding this prior to surgery, and was told it wouldn’t affect it. BIG LIE!! I have continual pain in my side and back pain. Something needs to be done to help the living donors!! My sister, and family never ask how I’m doing, or show any concern for what I have to pay for health ins. I was never told anything about feeling depressed afterwards. I have high blood pressure, since 2001, that wasn’t explained to me either. Thank you for listening, Pam

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