VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – Walk into Sara Roger’s living room and you’ll see the usual. Couch, chairs, a TV, pictures of her three children adorning the walls, and then what she calls “Big Bertha.”
“This is my live saver, I use it 4 times a week for two and a half hours at a time, its certainly always a marathon,” said Rogers.
A machine that’s literally keeping the 36-year-old alive. Rogers was diagnosed with Lupus back in 2007, and then kidney failure in 2011.
“The nephrologist said we have to do dialysis and I thought it was just a treatment and I was done, I didn’t know it would be seven and a half years and I’m still doing it,” she said.
Rogers has been on the waiting list for a kidney for five years, and has had to swallow a good bit of false hope in that time.
“That part makes me so angry you are waiting so long and then you get that call you get the jitters the butterflies you are packing your bags making plans for the kids and then all the sudden its a no go,” Rogers said.
To make matters even more difficult she has an O negative blood type which is one of the rarer types.
“Some blood types are more common than others, and so that can increase wait time,” said Dr. John Colonna, Kidney and Transplant Program Coordinator at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. “For some living donors are on option, but those can be scarce or not a match, so for some people they are relying on deceased donors.”
The wait for the gift of life can be lengthy. According to the Department of Health and Human Services 2,100 people are on the waiting list for a kidney in Virginia, with more than 100,000 waiting nationwide.
This mother’s day Rogers is hoping for a match, a mom, longing to live for her children’s future.
“I can’t give up, I can’t set that example for them, if I am not here, who is going to teach them life?” said Rogers.
Rogers says if anyone would like to help, they can call the transplant center at Sentara Norfolk General to see if they are a match.
“I know it’s a lot to ask, but I’m trying not to let it get me down or take over me,” she stated.
You can learn more about how to be a donor on the National Kidney Foundations website found HERE.
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