In 2000 I was diagnosed with nephrotic syndrome. I really didn’t think this was going to be a big deal. I thought I would just be taking a diuretic the rest of my life to get rid of the water retention. Then in 2004 after the birth of my daughter, my nephrologist ordered a kidney biopsy. We were soon scheduling a surgery date to put a fistula in my arm. My family and I were now on the search for a kidney donor. My husband is a police officer and one of his sergeants urged Eric to send a request to his department if anyone would be interested in getting tested to see if they were a match. The chief of police took it a huge step further and sent it to all fire and police departments in California. We were in awe of how many people responded. The best match was someone from the local sheriffs department, Elizabeth Kelly. We talked on the phone and met in person. The testing process started after that. Two days before our scheduled surgery we went in for our pre op appointment and my doctor told me that the surgery would be put on hold. My levels were stable and not at a point where I needed the transplant or to even start dialysis. I was devastated. I knew that once I had the transplant, I could begin my life again. We wanted to have another baby but wanted to wait until after the transplant. Elizabeth was upset too. After some time passed, my husband and I thought we would talk with my doctors about trying to get pregnant. All agreed and told us that I would definitely be ready for the transplant after the pregnancy. We spoke with Elizabeth and she was ready. I did get pregnant pretty quickly with twins. Neither of them made it past 11 weeks. I got pregnant again with my son Tucker soon after. I began dialysis while I was pregnant. Treatment was 5 times a week. It was like a part time job that completely exhausted me. Tucker was born premature due to me going into heart failure. Once we were both released from the hospital, transplant testing began. Five months later on September 19, 2008, we had our surgeries. Since then we became the best of friends. Through Team Donate Life, we raced together in Race Across America to spread the word of organ donation. We have completed multiple marathons and half Ironman’s. In June 2015, we plan on finishing a full Ironman. I wouldn’t be able to do this without her gift of life. I feel so fortunate every day that she chose to donate her kidney.