Wall Of Life - Chris - Fifty Lives

Tissue Recipient

When I was 19 or 20, I noticed my wrist started to hurt and like most people I ignored it for a long time because I thought it would go away but it didn't. It really started interfering with my ability to live my life. If I picked up a heavy skillet or if I twisted it the wrong way, I would have intense shooting pain.

So I went to the doctor, got an x-ray and he immediately diagnosed it. He said you have Kienbock's disease. We don't know what causes it, but you have a bone dying in your wrist and if we don't' take care of it, you will lose all function. I received a tissue graft transplant to repair my wrist and now have mobility again without pain.

I am truly grateful to my tissue donor.

In some ways, tissue donation is a final act of love because you are doing something for complete strangers. It is the ultimate giving and there is nothing nobler than that.