February 6, 2014 changed our lives in the most traumatic but beautiful way possible. That day opened our eyes to the beautiful world of organ donation.
There has not been one day since 2.6.14 that we have not been so grateful for the gift of life.
I have loved this quote! We have tried to embrace making each day the special occasion. It is such a GIFT to wake up every morning. That is always something to celebrate and a reason to find little ways to make each day a special moment/occasion.
We never imagined that I would be a transplant recipient and we truly never imagined that Reid would be a living donor!
Yes, a LIVING DONOR!
I am so proud to announce that Reid will be donating his kidney to a former co-worker, dear friend, and fellow Alabama football fan, Jon!
When Reid first found out Jon was in need of a kidney (back in the Spring), he immediately felt the Holy Spirit telling him to get tested.
Testing started back in July. Reid started with doing labs here in Dallas, followed by further testing checking his antibodies with Jon’s to ensure they were a match. Once we found out the antibodies were a match, we were flown to Houston in October for further testing. Jon served our country in the Navy so the VA transplant program is located in Houston. What a wonderful place to be in the heart of the medical district in Houston.
It was VERY surreal for the both of us that I was NOT the patient. We have spent the last (almost) five years with Reid accompanying me to doctor visits and many procedures and surgeries.
During our two days in Houston- many tests, scans, and exams were performed. We met with the nephrologist (kidney doctor), surgeons, psychologist, social worker, nutritionist, and transplant coordinator.
We did not have our final answer when we left Houston as a few more tests needed to be done in Dallas.
Upon completion of those tests, we got the official phone call on November 21st that Reid was a definite match and the kidney donation was a GO!
The transplant coordinator informed us that the donation will take place on December 11th.
Reid has seen first hand the power of the gift of life as my life as his wife was saved through organ donation almost five years ago. This donation comes full circle for us. The thought that Jon and his family (wife and four kids) will be impacted by this donation for years to come is precious to us.
Organ donation continues to parallel the gospel in every way. It turns our eyes to heavenly things! It sure is different for us to be on the donation side and it has given us an even deeper love and appreciation for not only my donor family but ALL donor families who choose to give life so others may live abundantly.
What a picture of what Jesus has done for us!
When we got the phone call on Wednesday, we immediately made our way to reveal the news to Jon.
It was a sweet time to share with he and his entire family the great news!
We would love your prayers during this time.
Specific Prayer Requests:
· Travel mercies to and from Houston
· Peace that surpasses all understanding for both families
· Wisdom for the surgeons and clinical team
· Safe removal of Reid’s kidney
· Smooth transition of Reid’s kidney being placed into Jon
· For Jon’s body to accept the new kidney
· Smooth recovery for Reid and Jon.
· That they both will continue to live their lives abundantly, savoring every moment, and giving GOD ALL THE GLORY!
We do not share this story to give ourselves ANY credit for this miracle.
Reid has actually hated the attention of this announcement.
We share this because we hope that you see Jesus in this story.
He used our suffering, our darkest hours, and our deepest trial to bring SO much BEAUTY! And because of that, it has given Reid a new perspective on the gift of life and wanting to pass that gift on to others. “The greatest treasures in my life are products of the darkest times of my life” –Unknown.
We share this because we want nothing less than for our lives to reflect the Gospel. For people to see Christ in us and our lives’ lived out daily. There is SO MUCH JOY when you are OBEDIENT to CHRIST!
Thank you for continuing on this transplant journey with us!
We are grateful for your love and support!
All our love! Team Barker