I was born in October, but every June 3 my family celebrates my life with a special dinner and a cake. No, I didn’t decide to change my birthday. That June celebration is my “kidneyversary.” It marks the day when a new kidney was transplanted into my body.
My name is John, and I’m one of the more than 40,000 people in the country who get the lifesaving gift of an organ transplant each year.
I’m really lucky to have gotten my kidney, especially since I was just 9 years old when I got it. Thousands of kids are currently on waiting lists for donated organs.
An organ transplant is a major surgery that changes your life forever. Want to know what my life is like—and what I tell people about my scar? Read on.