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This interview was conducted with a 16-year-old boy who received an intestinal transplant.
In December 2000, I had a small bowel resection. I didn't have enough [intestine] left to get nutrients. So I was evaluated for a transplant, and was on the waiting list until July [of 2002].
At the evaluation, the doctors told me what to expect. I didn't really do any research other than that.
What they told us was a lot worse than it was. I expected the wait to be longer, and to have more problems.
Well, first of all, it was 1:30 in the morning. I was nervous, scared, and hopeful all at the same time.
July 11th, 2002.
I feel a lot better. Once you've had it, you know the hardest part is over.
I don't want to get too much into details, but they have to monitor you to make sure everything's okay. You get stuck for blood a lot. But even that's temporary.
When it's all over, you'll be as close to normal as you can be, and you'll be able to live your life and not worry about that part of it anymore. It all just gets better; thinking about that helped me get through it. What I thought of most was that none of it was as bad as it seemed. Nine times out of ten, it's better than you think.
Learn more about Helping Your Child Understand Intestinal Transplantation.
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