Tunnel Hill woman thankful despite no luck in finding a kidney match
Still searching for a kidney donor, a Tunnel Hill police officer's wife remains thankful.
We shared Rachael Chambers’ story last month when she found her match, but things did not go as planned.
On November 9, Rachael was getting ready to schedule her kidney transplant with the help of her former student, but she says the 20-year-old's arteries were too close together, which means he may not ever be fit to be a donor.
Rachael was working with a client at Soul Station Ministries, when she got a call from her doctor. In a matter of seconds, her hopes of getting a new kidney were shattered.
“I was like I can't talk right now. I have to let to this sink in. I have to process this for a little bit. Can I call you back Monday,” said Rachael. “The next Tuesday I received a call that my labs came back and I was in end stage.”
Rachael kidneys are steadily failing. With no donor, the next step may be dialysis. The one thing she fears.
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“It is still something I am not prepared for, but I would do it. It is a lifesaving measure. I’m very thankful for dialysis because it saved my life and it brought me to today. If I would not have accepted treatment I wouldn't be here today.”
Exhausted, but still determined to give back. Rachael spent Thanksgiving Day sorting toys to gift children on Christmas. Four days prior, she helped give away 96 Thanksgiving dinners to families in need.
“It's not about me. It's about what can I do for someone else. I mean that's just the way I look at it,” said Rachael.
Rachael has experienced many setbacks, but she is not giving up anytime soon.
“I wake up every morning with a prayer Lord fill me. Fill me with everything you are. Your strength, your peace, your love, your joy and allow me to give every single bit of that that you fill me with to the people I come in contact with and everyday I wake up with renewed strength and ready to go and I will continue to,” said Rachael.
Rachael has three potential donors going through testing to see if they are a match. She will not know for sure for at least six weeks.
If you would like to see if you are a potential match contact Mary Katherine at the Erlanger Transplant Center. The number is 423-778-8033.