A Fountain House Member Needs Your Help

Posted on May 12, 2016 by Amy Klein

My story began in my late teens, when I became seriously depressed.  I moved into a psychiatric residence in the East Village and attended a day-hospital program or five long years.  Then I joined Fountain House, which alleviated my depression and enabled me to regain my self-respect.  I had several temporary employment positions and worked for Fountain House as a psychiatric residence counselor per diem for five years.  I also helped lead the employment meetings and wrote film reviews for the Fountain House Weekly.  I’ve received several scholarships from Fountain House for a novel I’m writing, and I live independently in Fountain House housing.

Under doctor’s care, I took lithium for several years; however, it compromised my kidneys.  Later, I developed kidney cancer.  The cancer was removed, but the result was kidney failure.  I’m trying to deal with it the best I can. 

 I’m currently on a list for a kidney transplant at Cornell Weill Hospital in New York; however, the wait for my blood type, which is O positive, is five to eight years.  In the meantime, I’ve been on dialysis three times a week, a process that’s life-preserving, but time consuming, and physically debilitating. As a result, I’m looking for other avenues to get a donor, particularly a live donor because the kidney will last longer than from a diseased donor.  Human’s can live a full life with only one kidney.

My donor must be in good physical health without cancer, diabetes or AIDS, and undergoes a complete medical which would be paid by my insurance.  Money for transportation and lost days from work will be provided.  In return, the donor would be rewarded with endless gratitude and whatever can be done legally to help him. 

If you or someone you know can help Amy, please contact her at amyeasy09@gmail.com.

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