Written by Anum Yoon, Friend of a Kidney RecipientNote from the Author: Thank you so much for letting me share Monica’s story, it is her experience that inspired me to become an advocate for organ donation. When I realized how many myths about organ donation there were, I wanted to create something that would help set the facts straight. I hope you learn something new about organ donation from this post!
I’ve been friends with Monica since we were nine. We were classmates in an international school in Hong Kong. When I first saw her in our third grade classroom, I knew I wanted to be her friend. She was really fun to be around and had one of those smiles that just lit up the room.
We became inseparable - BFFs so to speak. When her family had to move back to the States, only a year after our friendship began, we were devastated.
We didn’t expect to be able to keep our friendship intact over the course of ten years, especially considering the fact that we never had the chance to see each other, but we did. Then I moved to America for college.