Lisa’s Story: Love, Faith and Kidney Disease

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Did you know that African American are 3 times more likely to experience kidney failure?

O Girl Media is telling the story of Lisa Love and her five-year battle with kidney disease. She wears her scars proudly from the fight, no longer using arm cover-ups. Her arm is her personal testimony.

The family matriarch overcame at home hemodialysis to receive a life changing kidney transplant. Her new kidney isn’t the cure to her disease but only a form of treatment that keeps her off dialysis.

While African Americans have high numbers of kidney disease and dialysis treatment, they are least likely to get on the list for a lifesaving transplant.

Early on, doctors and nurses realized Mrs. Love had the support system to try home hemo dialysis. Her oldest daughter, Canisha Love and husband, Blake Love took the classes to administer the weekly medical treatment to Mrs. Love.

While taking weekly home dialysis, Love continued to work full time, was active in church ministry and still found time to be there for her extended family. For most taking dialysis this is impossible. But with the overwhelming support of her family, Love did it all.

At the insistence of her doctors, Love began the process to receive a kidney transplant. She’d never had any problems with her home hemo treatments. She even was able to travel on cruises with her family and still take dialysis. The machines used for hemodialysis travel free on all US airlines.

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Saturday, July 29, Love was home alone, preparing for a women’s outing with her church when she received the phone call that her match had been found. She was nervous to answer the call. She’d already been through two false matches before. But Love picked up the phone, then immediately notified her family members.

Within an hour and a half, her husband left work, picked her up at home and they were at the hospital. After receiving her kidney, Love spent just 5 days and 4 nights in the hospital.

With her new transplant, Love’s immune system is tremendously weakened. Her body is now designed to attack her new kidney. To counteract this, Love takes anti-rejection medication, twice daily, 18 pills in the morning and 12 pills in the evening. Our crew arrived just in time for her evening dose of medication. Her daughters jokingly told their Mom to “Chug! Chug! Chug!” her medicine.

She now wears a mask in public to keep her safe from germs. She can’t be around small children. When I visited I was not allowed to hug her. Our crew had to wash our hands before entering the room where we interviewed the Love family. She can’t give hugs to strangers or non-family members. She now attends church services online. These are the new rules Love must live by for the next 6 months to a year as her body adjusts to its new organ.

Even with all the restrictions, Love would not change a thing about this process. Her walk with Jesus Christ has grown as he has supplied all of her needs through this medical journey.

Their last name, Love, fits perfectly for a couple, whose vows and faith in God have kept them together in sickness and in health. They’ve been married 25 years and have two grown daughters.

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16 responses to “Lisa’s Story: Love, Faith and Kidney Disease”

  1. This is a beautiful but also heartbreaking story. Beautiful that she has found a match heartbreaking because of all the medication that she has to take on a daily basis.

    I do admire her strength and support system. Her village is wonderful!

  2. Wow this is an awesome and inspiring story, I guess the 3rd time was the charm. I’m so glad that her faith in God appears to have gotten stronger instead of weaken. Some people become angry with God when issues like this arise in there life. I know these 6 months may be difficult but it will pass quickly and hopefully she can continue to live her life to the fullest.

  3. Thank you for sharing this important story. We must aware of the health issues that plague our community. The change starts with us. I am so glad she has a lot of family support. I pray for her healing.

  4. What an inspiring story and to be in such great spirits with such a great attitude is a blessing. I am so glad that she is feeling better. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Great story. I am sorry she has to deal with Kidney Disease. I love the fact that she has her family around her to support her and be there for here.

  6. Thank you for telling Mrs. Love’s story. Diseases like these seem to run rampant in our community but I know that the Love families faith will see them through.

  7. This is an awesome story. I think it’s really amazing how the family all pulled together to do their part in making this work for Mrs. Love. My paternal grandmother passed away a few years ago from kidney failure. She had kidney disease but didn’t want to go through dialysis. Her age was also a limitation to her ever being able to get on a list for a transplant. So it was really hard watching her go through everything she did up until her death.

    • Thanks for your comment Candice! Lisa is actually my cousin. This was a personal story for me to tell. I have also loss a few family members to this disease so Lisa is an inspiration to us all!

    • Hey Terri! Thanks for your comment. Diabetes and High Blood Pressure contribute to African Americans having higher rates of Kidney Disease. Lisa’s doctors have been watching her kidneys since she was 18-years-old. Even still her journey has been remarkable and uplifting for all.

  8. A friend of mine has kidney disease. She is one of the strongest people I know. Thanks for sharing Lisa’s story. It’s really scary how some of these diseases disproportionately affect people of color.

    • Hey Kita! Thanks for commenting! Lisa is my cousin. We’ve loss other family members to similar health issues. Her story is the new happy beginning we seek for all of our family members suffering.

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