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The Reluctant Donor
Author Suzanne Ruff comes from a family that has been plagued by kidney disease for generations. In her lifetime, she has lost her mother, several aunts and uncles, and cousins to Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD), the most common of all life-threatening genetic diseases. Both of her sisters inherited the disease. She did not. When her younger sister fell ill shortly after their mother’s death in 2003, Ruff decided to do something about it. She had always been afraid of doctors and needles, but says with God’s help she found the courage to save JoAnn’s life by donating a kidney. In the months leading up to the surgery, which took place on Oct. 19, 2004, Ruff spent a lot of time journaling, and published a book based on her notes and memories. Her hope is that The Reluctant Donor (Beaver’s Pond Press, April 2010, $14.95) will find its way into the hands of others who are facing a difficult life-and-death decision, and help them find the courage they need to get through it.
Transplanted to Better Health
“Transplanted to Better Health” is a poignant and touching story of Carole’s personal journey through kidney disease. In this memoir, she describes the good and bad days, the ups and downs of dialysis treatment, waiting for a life-saving kidney transplant, and the road to recovery. Never losing faith that there will be better times ahead, she shares just what kept her strong and motivated. Family members and friends of kidney patients will find a wealth of information. Medical professionals can experience a patient’s innermost thoughts and feelings en route to better health. A must read!
This memoir has won two awards - first place in the health category of the Xulon Press Christian Choice Book Awards contest, 2012, and honorable mention in the spiritual category of the New England Book Festival, 2013.