Friday, 24 May 2024

A Journey of Hope: Supporting Family Through Organ Donation

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Today, I find myself embarking on a unique and meaningful journey. Throughout my 20 plus years at Game Informer, I have never experienced such a profound disconnect from the office. Allow me to explain.

A Surprising Turn of Events

In an unexpected twist of fate, my brother is in need of a kidney transplant, and as his “Spare Parts Brother 01,” I am stepping up to help him through this challenging time. This journey has taken me on an unconventional path, one that has opened my eyes to the incredible impact of organ donation.

The Power of Living Donation

During the week of compatibility tests, I discovered some remarkable facts that completely changed my perspective. Did you know that a cadaver kidney offers an average of 7 years to the recipient, while a living donor can extend that to 17 years? And if the donor is a close relative, the recipient can potentially enjoy a whopping 25 years of additional life! The difference is staggering. For those currently on dialysis and awaiting an organ, even those extra 7 years are a precious gift. The opportunity to give my brother, or any family member, 25 years of “bonus time” is an extraordinary privilege. With this newfound understanding, I immediately made the decision to sign up as a donor without hesitation.

A Revolutionary Approach

Additionally, I learned that doctors can now remove a donor’s kidney through the belly button, given the right body anatomy. It’s an incredible technique that not only sounds peculiar but is also undeniably groundbreaking. I can’t help but be fascinated by the prospect of a mini-version of the famous “Alien” chestburster scene. Of course, this option relies on my own physical suitability. Alternatively, an incision would be necessary. As a self-proclaimed nerd with a fear of blood, doctors, and surgery, this realization adds another layer of strangeness to the upcoming month.

Dedication Despite Distance

To those who may try to reach me during this time, I apologize in advance for any inconvenience. However, I am confident in Game Informer’s exceptional staff, who will ensure that everything runs smoothly. Moreover, you can count on me working diligently from my bed once the post-surgery haze has lifted (or so I hope). Who would have thought that donating a kidney could also provide an excellent opportunity to tackle my gaming backlog with renewed vigor?

Gratitude and Appreciation

In moments like these, life grants us the chance to gain valuable perspective. I would like to take this opportunity to express my heartfelt gratitude to the remarkable Game Informer staff with whom I have the privilege of working. I am also incredibly thankful for the sales team who tirelessly promote our magazine to millions of gamers. Last but not least, I extend my appreciation to the incredible readers and community on this website, whose support makes all our hard work worthwhile.

Wish me luck on this endeavor, and I look forward to reconnecting with you all on the other side of this transformative experience.

Cheers,

Andy

PS: Please bear with any peculiar tweets from me on my Twitter account for the next 30 days.