As the curtain falls…


So, I just got the call from my kidney coordinator. I guess this is the call that we’ve been waiting for since I started testing in January. This is the call that Jami has been waiting for since she found out that her kidney was failing and she would need a transplant. This is the phone call that changed everything.

I’m approved to be a kidney donor.

I will be giving Jami my left kidney (which functions at 46%) on Tuesday, June 19. I’m keeping my right kidney (54% function).

As the curtain falls on my journey to being a kidney donor, I want to say thank you. Thank you for standing next to me and cheering loudly. Thank you for supporting me when I was weak. Thank you for giving so generously so that I can give also. Thank you for challenging me. Thank you for the hugs. Thank you for the tears. Thank you for the silence as we waited. Thank you for holding my hand and renewing my heart. Thank you for everything.

I feel like Thank You isn’t a strong enough. Thank You doesn’t say everything. But, it’s all that I have to offer and I hope you all know how much more deeply it goes than that.



I am so thankful and humbled by this opportunity that’s been presented. I told myself that I would embrace this opportunity and go as far as I can. It looks like “as far as I can” is going to be all the way. We are doing this. This is happening for you. I’m honored to give you a second chance at life. I want nothing in return except for you to have the most amazing life. Surround yourself with love and great opportunities. Be spontaneous and open to everything GREAT life has to offer you.  Life your life open and free and with wild abandon. Enjoy everything. Spread kindness. Soak up the moments that count.

Meeting you has caused me to challenge myself. I challenged myself to “walk the walk”. This opportunity has changed my life. I’ve learned the importance of compassion. And how to be truly selfless. I feel like I’ve gained a whole new understanding of what it means to be a Christian. Would Jesus donate his kidney to save someone’s life? You better believe it. I know that he would.

Thank you for your friendship and all of the heart to heart talks. I love my sister-wife. 🙂 Xoxo

I’m still all in.




9 responses »

  1. Deal! I will do all of the above. Knowing you has for sure changed me forever. I have no words. How do you show gratitude for someone saving your life? Just know that I am forever grateful and will never look at life the same way again. Also, this isnt over, girlfriend! We’re just getting started. We have a whole life worth of trouble to get into together. Can’t wait 🙂

  2. SO amazingly happy to hear this!! Brandi, you are an AMAZING person to be doing this!! I am so happy for you, Jami, that after this gift, you will be able to go on and lead an extraordinary life!!! Congrats to you both, as I know that this was the news you have both been waiting for this whole time. You are both in my prayers.

  3. Congratulations to you both. God has truly blessed you both by meeting each other (in several different ways). I will be praying for you both on this continuation of your life changing journey.

  4. Brandi, I met you the other day, dont know if you remember me or not but anyways I just want to say how impressed I am of what you are doing for your friend Jami! I have read some of this site and all I wanted to do was cry. Your are an angel, I will be praying for both of you God Bless!!

  5. Hey Brandi! It seems we’re in similar situations. Reading your posts I’m having flashbacks of 6 months ago. I donated my kidney in December. Feel free to contact me if you need a “donor friend”.

  6. Ladies! How awesome for both of you! Hang in there and keep up the faith and good work. You are being taken care of by the most incredible and talented staff in the world. My fiancee, Kevin, had a liver transplant at Barnes a year and a half ago. What you are going through is bigger than you will ever imagine and I’m humbled and proud of the decisions you’ve made to get where you are. Also as a tip, Kevin’s daughter recommends the chicken strips from the cafeteria! I wish you both a speedy recovery and lots of love!

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