Finding a living donor can be challenging for some patients. These challenges tend to arise from a lack of outreach to family and friends an aversion to discussing your health with those same people.
We recommend recruiting a Care Champion for those tasks. A Care Champion is someone in your support group who is willing to do the work for you.
Oftentimes it is easier for your Care Champion to reach out to your family, friends and community to inform them about your health needs and ask if anyone would be interested in pursuing additional information on becoming a living liver donor. This alleviates an uncomfortable conversation you may wish to avoid and gives a potential donor the opportunity to come forward and gather more information without having to inform you of their consideration.
To help in this task, we have drafted a letter that your Care Champion may use as a guide or resource when reaching out and sharing your story.
For recipients who do not have a close friend/family circle, locating donors can be even more difficult. In these situations, we recommend reaching out to your local community organizations to see if you are able to spread the word that way. It could be a letter or e-mail to your local parish, temple, PTA, hobby group or support group. Many patients have found that social media is an extremely easy way of getting your request to a large group of people very quickly.
To help in this task, we have drafted a letter that you may use as a guide or resource when reaching out and sharing your story.