Uncharted Waters Bring New Beginnings
Cruising through the Atlantic and enjoying a tropical vacation was all Mitch Mitchell, of Oklahoma City, had been craving. He knew the cruise would be the relaxing reprieve he needed. While he was enjoying his cruise, his world flipped upside down when he unexpectedly experienced swelling in his legs. After consulting a medical professional on the ship, he was referred to a nephrologist, a doctor who specializes in treating kidneys as soon as he made it back to dry land.
Once Mitch found out his kidneys were functioning at only 30%, he was leery of what options would be available for the next steps in treating his kidney failure. For the best outcome, Mitch had to begin dialysis, to do the work of the kidneys. For four and a half years, Mitch received dialysis three times per week.
Within those four and a half years, he was so inspired by his own journey that he rearranged his life so that he could give back to others who were also going through kidney failure and dialysis. While waiting for his transplant call, Mitch began working at a dialysis center supporting patients, providing emotional support along with hope for a better tomorrow.
After a successful transplant on November 16, 2022, Mitch was away from work for just two months before getting back to the job he loves to do. His passion for helping others was reignited after the transplant due to the emotional connection to his donor’s gift to him.
Mitch’s donor gave him back his life, so he made it his goal to provide hope and support for others in honor of his life-saving transplant. Years of treatment and the gift of life turned Mitch into a man on a mission to live, support, and uplift.