Rebekah Ceidro, a 33-year-old woman from Pittsburgh, was outraged when two different surgeons told her that she weighed too much to save her friend’s life.
When she realized that one of her friends was in desperate need of a kidney transplant after suffering from chronic kidney disease, she was dumbfounded. His doctors estimated that he only had about 6 months to a year before he would be forced to resort to dialysis and hope for a kidney transplant. Rebekah messaged him, saying that she wanted to help. When they realized that they were the same blood type, she immediately went for a consultation…and discovered something awful.
At 213 pounds, she was overweight for her height, and surgeons told her that it was impossible for her to be a donor.
Admittedly, I was really angry that two individual surgeons would have the audacity to say such a thing, but they were right,” Ceidro said. “My actual thought was, ‘I’m too fat to save my friend’s life.’ And that sucked, but that’s at least something you can change.
“I thought, ‘This is what I’m going to do, I’m going to start running and keep running until I can do a 5K every day.'”
And that is what she did. She worked her hardest every day, exercising and changing her diet, picking up new habits and dropping old ones. Within months, she had hit her target weight and reached her goal – all to save her friend.
She went back to the surgeons and was approved. They scheduled the transplant, and her dedication not only paid off in her own life, but saved someone else’s.
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