Krzyzanowski says the transplant gave her a second chance. She was able to see her daughter grow up, graduate from high school and start college this year at Penn State, Krzyzanowski’s alma mater, and the same school where she met her husband. “It was so much fun being able to share and experience it all, to do the things we wanted, the crazy adventures,” she says.
“It is such a huge weight off my shoulders. Before, my life was consumed about what to eat, what to do, and dialysis. You feel like you’re living in a prison. It just controls everything in your life.” – Janine Krzyzanowski
Moritz says LVHN’s transplant program is successful for many reasons, but chief among them is the compassionate, hardworking transplant program team. “Everyone involved in a transplant patient’s care works tirelessly in a culture dedicated to exceptional care,” he says.
Krzyzanowski agrees, the entire transplant team continues to be supportive post-transplant. “They’re giving me all the tools I need to continue to be healthy,” she says.
The kidney Krzyzanowski received came from a deceased donor. Krzyzanowski says she always elected organ donation on her driver’s license, but never really thought much about it. Because of her experience, her family and friends who had not elected to be organ donors have done so. “You never think about it until it affects you or your family,” she says.
Krzyzanowski says she is thankful beyond measure for the generosity of the donor and the donor’s family.
“How is ‘thank you’ enough?” Krzyzanowski asks. “What they gave back to me is beyond any type of gift that anyone has ever given me in my life.”