Friday, January 25, 2013
Caring for Kyle
Getting together wih friends is always a nice time to catch up. While in Mexico, we talked with Sarah and Ryan about work, life, family, and friends. It was during one of these conversations that Sarah and Ryan informed us about the status of our mutual friend's health, and the trials that him and his wife are going through on a daily basis. My heart broke for them...
In high school, Kyle was diagnosed with Wegener's Granulomatosis. Wegener's is the inflammation of blood vessels that affect the nose, kidneys, lungs and other organs. Kyle has been living with Wegener's for awhile now, but it wasn't until recently that things got have gotten serious and more than just medication is needed. Kyle was referred to University of Iowa Pulmonary (lungs) and Nephrology (kidneys), and after countless lung and kidney function tests, it was determined Kyle had 20% capacity in his lungs and 22% in his kidneys. Due to the decline he has been forced to use oxygen 24/7. Eventually, Kyle will require a double lung and kidney transplant.
The story on their webpage explains it better than I ever could. I hope you take a few minutes to learn more about them and their difficult journey. I have included a widget in the sidebar to make donating easier. This is just a small amount of the expenses they will incur and any donation is greatly appreciated.
Kyle and Stephanie are an amazingly strong couple. Their commitment to each other and their determination to combat this is simply inspiring.
I hope you will join us in sending them all of the love and prayers that they need.