Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Sierra!

My name is Sierra and I had the honor of donating a kidney to a friend named Misha. She is doing really well!   

Before the surgery, my activity level was great. I boxed and also ran a lot. I was very active and loved lifting weights also.   

I had some fears going into surgery but I did everything I could to make sure I was calm.  

My post-surgery recovery  went well. One month after surgery I was able to walk on my own without help and stand up straight. It took me four months to truly return to fitness and I took it very slow. I was only doing light cardio.  

Six months into recovery I was able to dive into core exercise like I wanted. I use to have slight pain when I attempted core exercises which was unexpected to me. I was patient and I was able to maneuver better a week or two after the pain.  

Now that the surgery is complete, I feel the same as I did before surgery. I don’t feel like a kidney is missing, but I do have a scar that reminds me of the surgery daily.  

Now I take precautions when it comes to stretching my stomach. I think twice before doing exercises that allow me to stretch and use my core.  

After a year, I felt back to myself 100%. I am more comfortable and confident with jumping into working out. I have no worries. I still put in the same effort now that I did before the surgery. I am glad I was able to help someone in the process and my fitness level and energy is back and continues to get better. 

To anyone who is considering donating a kidney I would recommend that you make sure you are healthy. You want to make sure you are giving the healthiest kidney possible!  

One thought on “Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Sierra!

  1. Sierra, I appreciate you sharing your story and really appreciate hearing about taking it slow. I’m a little over 6 weeks post donation and the realism of not recovering as fast as I would like is setting in. Your story and others are a big help. Thank you!

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