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One Gently Used Kidney, Free to a Good Home. When 48 year-old single mother, massage therapist and returning student Ellie meets a young woman with kidney disease, she decides to make it her mission to save the girl. Unfortunately, outdated rules made it difficult for altruistic donors, and besides, the woman doesn’t want a savior. Does this stop Ellie from her quest to “b One Gently Used Kidney, Free to a Good Home. When 48 year-old single mother, massage therapist and returning student Ellie meets a young woman with kidney disease, she decides to make it her mission to save the girl. Unfortunately, outdated rules made it difficult for altruistic donors, and besides, the woman doesn’t want a savior. Does this stop Ellie from her quest to “be the change” one seeks in the world? Not a chance. Told with humor and self-reflection, this inspirational memoir of courage and compassion is interwoven with anecdotal stories that help the reader identify what kind of person commits the selfless act of organ donation. Ellie,a self-described devout agnostic, is kind but often irreverent. She is generous, but she is no saint. Ultimately, becoming a kidney donor has given her a renewed sense of purpose and fulfillment. Lost in Transplantation asserts that we are all capable of altering a human being's life for the better, including our own.


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One Gently Used Kidney, Free to a Good Home. When 48 year-old single mother, massage therapist and returning student Ellie meets a young woman with kidney disease, she decides to make it her mission to save the girl. Unfortunately, outdated rules made it difficult for altruistic donors, and besides, the woman doesn’t want a savior. Does this stop Ellie from her quest to “b One Gently Used Kidney, Free to a Good Home. When 48 year-old single mother, massage therapist and returning student Ellie meets a young woman with kidney disease, she decides to make it her mission to save the girl. Unfortunately, outdated rules made it difficult for altruistic donors, and besides, the woman doesn’t want a savior. Does this stop Ellie from her quest to “be the change” one seeks in the world? Not a chance. Told with humor and self-reflection, this inspirational memoir of courage and compassion is interwoven with anecdotal stories that help the reader identify what kind of person commits the selfless act of organ donation. Ellie,a self-described devout agnostic, is kind but often irreverent. She is generous, but she is no saint. Ultimately, becoming a kidney donor has given her a renewed sense of purpose and fulfillment. Lost in Transplantation asserts that we are all capable of altering a human being's life for the better, including our own.

30 review for Lost in Transplantation: Memoir of an Unconventional Organ Donor

  1. 4 out of 5

    Phyllis Eisenstadt

    HUMAN KINDNESS Charitable acts of human kindness often go unnoticed, and that’s exactly how Ms. Edwards wanted hers to be. Being a professional massage therapist, she derived gratification from easing people’s pain and stress and, in general, calming them. The calming effect was double-sided because if she made them feel better, then she, in turn, experienced a sense of well-being. She was a giving person in more ways than one. Realizing that she could help an ailing stranger by becoming a living HUMAN KINDNESS Charitable acts of human kindness often go unnoticed, and that’s exactly how Ms. Edwards wanted hers to be. Being a professional massage therapist, she derived gratification from easing people’s pain and stress and, in general, calming them. The calming effect was double-sided because if she made them feel better, then she, in turn, experienced a sense of well-being. She was a giving person in more ways than one. Realizing that she could help an ailing stranger by becoming a living donor, she resolutely embarked on an exciting -- albeit frustrating -- journey in which she had to break through many layers of medical, legal, psychological, and ethical barriers. It was essential that she be a perfect match for the recipient of her kidney, and that is not only a rare occurrence, but also a monumental process. But her determination never flagged; the lady was on a mission. Not wanting to create spoilers, I will just add that reading this memoir gave me a better understanding of what living organ donation entails. It also demonstrated the altruism and kindness of some very special human beings. The author wrote from her heart, and I found this memoir to be straightforward, touching, funny, and most of all, loving. It was written by an extraordinary human being. Phyllis Eisenstadt

  2. 5 out of 5

    Fran

    Eldonna's memoir of her donation of a kidney to a total stranger gripped me from the start. I love what I call synchronicity and her initial encounter with a student with kidney disease, was the first one in a long chain of events over a period of years that ultimately allowed her to donate. Though Eldonna describes herself as a non-religious person, she is obviously very spiritual and in tune with the energy of people and the universe. She is constantly in tune as a mother, a house mother, a gr Eldonna's memoir of her donation of a kidney to a total stranger gripped me from the start. I love what I call synchronicity and her initial encounter with a student with kidney disease, was the first one in a long chain of events over a period of years that ultimately allowed her to donate. Though Eldonna describes herself as a non-religious person, she is obviously very spiritual and in tune with the energy of people and the universe. She is constantly in tune as a mother, a house mother, a grandmother, a gifted masseuse, community activist, and a superb writer. Eldonna has an easy writing style filled with humor, pathos and suspense. I read her book on my iPad in two sittings, very unusual for me. Sometimes it felt like she was telling her story to me over coffee at Joe Momma's in Avila Beach. While reading I sometimes laughed, sometimes got teary eyed, and sometimes I felt very scared--for her and for the people she became close to during this journey. And sometimes I felt guilty because even when I was young, I would have been too frightened to do what she did. I am very familiar with the central coast where Eldonna lives and I could easily picture myself in the places she described. I definitely want to meet her son Jacob whom she so lovingly and sometimes irreverently described. And I want to see the documentary she described at the book's end.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    I received Lost In Transplantation for free through Goodreads First Reads. I opened the book to find she had signed it: Love is everything! Eldonna Edwards. It immediately brought a smile to my face. I came to find out those three little words had more meaning than I ever could have imagined. I found this review difficult to write as her story left me speechless. I'm afraid my review will not do this book any justice as to how heartwarming and heroic this book is. This memoir is the story of tru I received Lost In Transplantation for free through Goodreads First Reads. I opened the book to find she had signed it: Love is everything! Eldonna Edwards. It immediately brought a smile to my face. I came to find out those three little words had more meaning than I ever could have imagined. I found this review difficult to write as her story left me speechless. I'm afraid my review will not do this book any justice as to how heartwarming and heroic this book is. This memoir is the story of truly an incredible human being as she embarks on a journey that seems increasingly impossible with each passing day. Her devotion and determination to sacrifice her own kidney, to save someone else's life is mind blowing! If you have any doubt in mankind this woman will definitely reassure you there is still good people out there. Ellie's story is told with such honesty, humor and charm that it's hard to put down. I experienced every type of emotion while reading this book and encourage others to feel them as well. Eldonna says in her book, " they say you can look back upon a persons life and you're likely to find one or two significant events that have impacted that person in ways that leaves him or her forever altered by the experience." Reading this book will do just that- truly inspirational!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sooz

    This is both a fun and inspiring, interesting and well-written, fast read. I am acquainted with the author and loved reading more about her and filling in the blanks. You'll be enchanted by her warm, sweet, caring, and funny personality as she describes her life and her life philosophy with humor and candor. This woman obviously cares deeply about people, and about humanity, and once she realizes that there are people out there dying for want of a kidney, while she is walking around with a spare This is both a fun and inspiring, interesting and well-written, fast read. I am acquainted with the author and loved reading more about her and filling in the blanks. You'll be enchanted by her warm, sweet, caring, and funny personality as she describes her life and her life philosophy with humor and candor. This woman obviously cares deeply about people, and about humanity, and once she realizes that there are people out there dying for want of a kidney, while she is walking around with a spare, she doesn't give up trying to find a way to help, though it is a four-year process. But the story isn't just about organ donation; it's about a woman. A single, independent woman, mother, and grandmother, who is open enough to let people help her through this process. It's about a woman who, in every aspect of her day-to-day life, seems to ask herself, "how can I help people who have less than I do?" A touching, captivating, and inspiring feel-good read.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Cindy

    I am in awe of you, Ellie, for your courage, determination and relentlessness in fulfilling your dream of helping another human being. I could never have done what you did in donating a healthy kidney to a stranger. I am not a big fan of memoirs but your story consumed me and shed light on the long and sometimes frustrating process of organ donation. You are amazing! Thank you for giving me this book. Your experience will be on my mind for a long time.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Connie

    Amazing story written by an amazing woman. Couldn't put the book down. The author's journey to donate a kidney is told with humor, honesty, and suspense. I learned a lot about organ donation and the people whose life depends on the generosity of others. Great read. Amazing story written by an amazing woman. Couldn't put the book down. The author's journey to donate a kidney is told with humor, honesty, and suspense. I learned a lot about organ donation and the people whose life depends on the generosity of others. Great read.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Debby Palmer

    Don't miss this wonderful book! This is the best kind of memoir--honest, serious, irreverent, purposeful, funny, enlightening, engaging, well-written. I loved it, and hated to come to the end. Don't miss this wonderful book! This is the best kind of memoir--honest, serious, irreverent, purposeful, funny, enlightening, engaging, well-written. I loved it, and hated to come to the end.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jamie

    Heart-warming and Uplifting An honest and open memoir about being a living donor. Thank you for sharing your experience, and for the eye-opening statistics.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Susan Gromis

    Uplifting and inspiring! Eldonna Edwards , in an act of selfless love for humankind donated a kidney to an unknown recipient after meeting a young classmate suffering from kidney disease and learning about the sobering statistics of people who die while waiting for replacement organs. She takes the reader through her journeys from her first exposure to the crisis, researching the medical process and culminating in a successful transfer between donor and recipient. Beautifully written and presente Uplifting and inspiring! Eldonna Edwards , in an act of selfless love for humankind donated a kidney to an unknown recipient after meeting a young classmate suffering from kidney disease and learning about the sobering statistics of people who die while waiting for replacement organs. She takes the reader through her journeys from her first exposure to the crisis, researching the medical process and culminating in a successful transfer between donor and recipient. Beautifully written and presented in a way not to focus on her own generosity, but rather to raise awareness among the populace about kidney disease and encourage anyone willing to make a difference in someone else's life, to reach out beyond one's self.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    An amazing memoir written by an amazing woman. Ellie, a single mother of three, decides to donate a kidney to someone in need. The only problem is that it takes a lot of strength to overcome the obstacles that prevent such an altruistic deed. We come to know the patients suffering from kidney disease and realize what a tough time they have just surviving. But Ellie is undeterred in reaching her goal. We come to love her for her strength and willingness to share her story with us. How can you not An amazing memoir written by an amazing woman. Ellie, a single mother of three, decides to donate a kidney to someone in need. The only problem is that it takes a lot of strength to overcome the obstacles that prevent such an altruistic deed. We come to know the patients suffering from kidney disease and realize what a tough time they have just surviving. But Ellie is undeterred in reaching her goal. We come to love her for her strength and willingness to share her story with us. How can you not love her, after reading her story?

  11. 5 out of 5

    Markus

    This book was very enjoyable to read. The author made the story feel as if you were there to experience the situation with her. The novel teaches you to always fight until you have achieved your goal. She shows how much of a caring person she is and that she is not selfish. The author was very descriptive on every thing she talked about. she made you feel the pain she felt and also imagine what she was talking about. She describes that life isn't easy but there is always a way to solve your prob This book was very enjoyable to read. The author made the story feel as if you were there to experience the situation with her. The novel teaches you to always fight until you have achieved your goal. She shows how much of a caring person she is and that she is not selfish. The author was very descriptive on every thing she talked about. she made you feel the pain she felt and also imagine what she was talking about. She describes that life isn't easy but there is always a way to solve your problems instead of just running around them.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly Gulley

    I won this book in a giveaway on FB and boy am I happy I did! Otherwise, I may not have discovered this phenomenal woman. I know she hears it all the time, but she is truly an amazing person for giving the gift of life to a complete stranger. I won't lie- I'm not someone who would ever have the guts to do it. I applaud her for doing something so beyond thoughtful and not even thinking twice. I feel like a better person just having read her story. Thank you Eldonna Edwards for being a woman we ca I won this book in a giveaway on FB and boy am I happy I did! Otherwise, I may not have discovered this phenomenal woman. I know she hears it all the time, but she is truly an amazing person for giving the gift of life to a complete stranger. I won't lie- I'm not someone who would ever have the guts to do it. I applaud her for doing something so beyond thoughtful and not even thinking twice. I feel like a better person just having read her story. Thank you Eldonna Edwards for being a woman we can all look up to! ❤️❤️

  13. 4 out of 5

    Sigrid Fry-Revere

    This is a beautifully written heartfelt account of what it is like to be a living organ donor. Everyone should read it, but particularly anyone considering being a living organ donor. I realize I'm probably partially intrigued with this book because of the subject matter -- but I still think many of you will like the straight forward writing and easy open tone in which the book was written. This is a beautifully written heartfelt account of what it is like to be a living organ donor. Everyone should read it, but particularly anyone considering being a living organ donor. I realize I'm probably partially intrigued with this book because of the subject matter -- but I still think many of you will like the straight forward writing and easy open tone in which the book was written.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Deb

    This was an amazing story, not only of a once-in-a-lifetime event but of a values-driven life and lifestyle--a great read told with anguish, compassion, self-awareness and a large dose of humor. I loved this book!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Carol

    I don't think any of us roll out of bed, slug back a cup of coffee, and suddenly decide this is the day we're going to dangle our ordinary little life by its ankles. I never dreamed that meeting a particular student in a college class would teach me more than I could ever hope to learn in a book or a lecture, or change my life in such a powerful way. When I first decided to donate a kidney I didn't talk about it much because the response(s) moved the focus away from people on the organ waiting li I don't think any of us roll out of bed, slug back a cup of coffee, and suddenly decide this is the day we're going to dangle our ordinary little life by its ankles. I never dreamed that meeting a particular student in a college class would teach me more than I could ever hope to learn in a book or a lecture, or change my life in such a powerful way. When I first decided to donate a kidney I didn't talk about it much because the response(s) moved the focus away from people on the organ waiting list. But eventually I realized if I didn't talk about it, how would I ever begin to challenge others to consider living donation? I decided to share my story because when people heard that I wanted to donate a kidney they had a hard time understanding why I would do such a thing. It's difficult to explain that giving someone a healthier, happier way to be in the world is one of the best gifts you can give, one that gives back to you a sense of well-being and purpose beyond explanation. Sometimes you just have to trust that what you put out into the world will, at some point, blow back a blessing. I believe we are all, in a sense, family. I believe actions have a ripple effect and when you put goodness out into the world it creates a wave that spreads beyond the realm of our perception. The people on the organ waiting lists have mothers and fathers, siblings, partners, friends, and co-workers who are equally affected by the result of their friend or loved one receiving an organ. Joan Osborne once posed the question, "What if God was one of us?" To her, and to you, I would ask, "What if God was all of us?"" From the Back Cover One Gently Used Kidney, Free to a Good Home. When 48 year-old single mother, massage therapist and returning student Ellie meets a young woman with kidney disease, she decides to make it her mission to save the girl. Unfortunately, outdated rules made it difficult for altruistic donors, and besides, the woman doesn't want a savior. Does this stop Ellie from her quest to "be the change" one seeks in the world? Not a chance. Told with humor and self-reflection, this inspirational memoir of courage and compassion is interwoven with anecdotal stories that help the reader identify what kind of person commits the selfless act of organ donation. Ellie,a self-described devout agnostic, is kind but often irreverent. She is generous, but she is no saint. Ultimately, becoming a kidney donor has given her a renewed sense of purpose and fulfillment. Lost in Transplantation asserts that we are all capable of altering a human being's life for the better, including our own. About the Author EldonnaEdwards is the author of two journaling books, Journaling from the Heart: AWriting Workshop and LooseEnds: A Journaling Tool. Her memoir, Lostin Transplantation, chronicles a life-changing decision to give away akidney. The author is also the subject of a documentary titled PerfectStrangers that follows one kidney patient and one potential donor (Eldonna)in their search for a possible match. Eldonna--who also goes byEllie--currently lives on the central California coast where she practicesmassage therapy and advocates for living organ donation through speakingengagements. Her debut novel is planned for publication in 2015.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Laurie

    A memoir written to promote love and organ donation. “Sometimes you just have to trust that what you put out into the world, at some point, blow back a blessing.” Eldonna is obsessed with donating her kidney to save a life. It all started when she met a young woman in her college class with kidney disease. Imagine knowing that the waiting list for an organ is years away and you do not have that much time left on earth! As time and years go on, Eldonna realizes that it is NOT easy to “give" an or A memoir written to promote love and organ donation. “Sometimes you just have to trust that what you put out into the world, at some point, blow back a blessing.” Eldonna is obsessed with donating her kidney to save a life. It all started when she met a young woman in her college class with kidney disease. Imagine knowing that the waiting list for an organ is years away and you do not have that much time left on earth! As time and years go on, Eldonna realizes that it is NOT easy to “give" an organ. There are tests and more tests, you must be found compatible and the program must accept you. Friends think she is courageous but even a little nuts. After five years, and persistence, her “wish”comes true! Her kidney finds a new home within another person and gives them a chance for another day! This is Eldonna’s journey and it excellent! It is not sugar-coated. You can feel the tension, and pain as time goes on. You can also feel the joy and happiness! The message is clear “And in the end, Love really is everything…."

  17. 5 out of 5

    Lucille Bransfield

    I absolutely loved this book. Eldonna had me from page 1. She is funny and so down to earth. It’s no wonder she donated a kidney. You can picture her being a friend, cousin, or neighbor. It’s an amazing story of the gift of life! I have an author friend, that was lucky enough to have someone donate a kidney to him. His wife and sons now have a healthy version of this kind man in their lives. I’m sending him this book, so he can read the other side of his transplant. Thank you Eldonna for sharing I absolutely loved this book. Eldonna had me from page 1. She is funny and so down to earth. It’s no wonder she donated a kidney. You can picture her being a friend, cousin, or neighbor. It’s an amazing story of the gift of life! I have an author friend, that was lucky enough to have someone donate a kidney to him. His wife and sons now have a healthy version of this kind man in their lives. I’m sending him this book, so he can read the other side of his transplant. Thank you Eldonna for sharing your life.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Susan Peterson

    Lost in Transplantation describes the long journey that author Eldonna Edwards went through in her quest to donate a kidney to a stranger, which was sparked by an encounter with a young woman with kidney disease. Eldonna describes the frustrations, the years of waiting, the bureaucracy, and the procedure itself with sincerity. What shines the most throughout this book is Eldonna’s spirit, her determination, and her fortitude. I especially loved reading about all of the lives she touched, the con Lost in Transplantation describes the long journey that author Eldonna Edwards went through in her quest to donate a kidney to a stranger, which was sparked by an encounter with a young woman with kidney disease. Eldonna describes the frustrations, the years of waiting, the bureaucracy, and the procedure itself with sincerity. What shines the most throughout this book is Eldonna’s spirit, her determination, and her fortitude. I especially loved reading about all of the lives she touched, the connections she made, revealing to the reader the kind heart she has.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Amber

    I discovered Eldonna Edwards in 2019 when I read This I Know. Which has officially been my favorite book on the year. I was thrilled to read clover blue it is officially my sec favorite book of the year. I knew I wanted to start 2020 with this book. My first non fiction of the year. What a beautiful memoir. I love Eldonna's sense of humor and her drive. Thank you for sharing your story and journey. I discovered Eldonna Edwards in 2019 when I read This I Know. Which has officially been my favorite book on the year. I was thrilled to read clover blue it is officially my sec favorite book of the year. I knew I wanted to start 2020 with this book. My first non fiction of the year. What a beautiful memoir. I love Eldonna's sense of humor and her drive. Thank you for sharing your story and journey.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca Rosenberg

    Eldonna Edwards is hosting the AMERICAN HISTORICAL NOVELS June 10-17! JOIN US! https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/... Eldonna Edwards is hosting the AMERICAN HISTORICAL NOVELS June 10-17! JOIN US! https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/...

  21. 5 out of 5

    Tricia Gilbert

    Heartwarming and a pure joy to read! I will be reading this one again.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Marci

    So inspired by her story!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Diana

    Read my full review here... https://www.reviewthisreviews.com/202... Read my full review here... https://www.reviewthisreviews.com/202...

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kimberley

    Fascinating and inspiring journey! Such a fascinating story with a wealth of information. What's remarkable woman! I really liked that as a California resident myself', I was familiar with places in the story. I liked that we share the same political beliefs. I have the donor symbol on my license and would have given up a kidney for a friend with cancer, if it would have helped... Thanks for sharing! Fascinating and inspiring journey! Such a fascinating story with a wealth of information. What's remarkable woman! I really liked that as a California resident myself', I was familiar with places in the story. I liked that we share the same political beliefs. I have the donor symbol on my license and would have given up a kidney for a friend with cancer, if it would have helped... Thanks for sharing!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Martha Graham-Waldon

    An Inspiring Journey Eldonna’s selflessness and determination to become a living donor is truly inspiring. I enjoyed sharing her journey and taking a walk in her shoes.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    Awesome memoir by author Eldonna Edwards about her journey to be a kidney donor at the time living transplant was rare and in its infancy outsideof family Her altruistic nature spurred on to find a way to make it happen Eldonna has a beautiful way with words and I’m happy to know a little more about this wonderful writer

  27. 5 out of 5

    Carmen

    This book was very personal to me, since I am a kidney donor. They called it altruistic because I donated to a list of the next person who matched me. Like the author, I don’t like to be “thanked” which is why I stopped going to the annual get togethers where I kept getting gifts. It made me very uncomfortable. I did it so my husband would be raised on his list. Purely selfish.. I wanted to keep my man around. A lot of our experiences were different. In my case, I wasted 2 years at Massachusetts This book was very personal to me, since I am a kidney donor. They called it altruistic because I donated to a list of the next person who matched me. Like the author, I don’t like to be “thanked” which is why I stopped going to the annual get togethers where I kept getting gifts. It made me very uncomfortable. I did it so my husband would be raised on his list. Purely selfish.. I wanted to keep my man around. A lot of our experiences were different. In my case, I wasted 2 years at Massachusetts General, a “world renowned” hospital. The coordinator there first told me that my husband had antigens that made him an unlikely match for anyone. (not true) Then she told me I could lose weight. What she didn’t tell me is that both my kidneys had 2 arteries each and she had no surgeons that could do my surgery laproscopically. Beware of large established hospitals with reputations to protect. The only “risks” I see them taking is doing multi matching exchanges. It makes news but is only an administrative nightmare hoping every one in line stays healthy, etc. We cut our losses after 2 years (against advice) and started over at Lahey Clinic in Burlington, MA. They had a genius on board, (Ingolf Tuerk - from East Germany), so I flew through the testing and 8 or so months later I was able to donate. Much nicer coordinator (that MGH) has now recruited to work as a liver donation coordinator. Her name is Marty Hoar and I consider her an angel. I donated on a Monday, went home early Wednesday morning. My husband got his call that Thursday morning. Hardly an “unlikely match for anyone”. I have to admit, when I saw the lying coordinator’s picture online: the one who told me “I could lose weight” I was gratified to see she had gained a lot and is no longer this perfect weight, shining beauty, while I, ha ha, lost weight Back to the book. Very interesting journey, very interesting person. I plan to read it again, because I read it quickly to follow the track of the kidney donation, which took much longer than when I did it. Next time I read it I want to savor her personality, her love of friends, and her love of life and family, and all the great anecdotes in between. An aside: I found it interesting (and dismaying) that the hospital where Eldonna was, didn't figure out the severe headache was because she came off coffee too quickly. Sometimes we have to take matters into our own hands. Be prepared to lie, when necessary. Doctors and nurses aren't gods. They just follow protocols.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Carla Suto

    LOST IN TRANSPLANTATION: Memoir Of An Unconventional Organ Donor by Eldonna Edwards is the inspirational story of the author’s courageous and selfless efforts to help a complete stranger by becoming a living donor of one of her kidneys. Her journey to becoming an altruistic organ donor is told with honesty, humor and compassion. I am in awe of her kindness, determination and generosity in trying to give the gift of life to a person suffering from kidney disease despite the potential risk to her LOST IN TRANSPLANTATION: Memoir Of An Unconventional Organ Donor by Eldonna Edwards is the inspirational story of the author’s courageous and selfless efforts to help a complete stranger by becoming a living donor of one of her kidneys. Her journey to becoming an altruistic organ donor is told with honesty, humor and compassion. I am in awe of her kindness, determination and generosity in trying to give the gift of life to a person suffering from kidney disease despite the potential risk to her own health and well-being. This story of love, family and friendship is beautifully-written and totally engaging. I truly enjoyed learning more about the author’s life and her positive outlook. LOST IN TRANSPLANTATION was a compelling and thought-provoking read and I highly recommend it.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Pamela King

    It is rare that you find a book that gives you more than the joy of reading or maybe increased knowledge about some subject. Eldona Edwards’ (Ellie) book, ‘Lost in Transportation’ is one of those rare books. Her story in itself amazing but it is also through her deviations from the main story line into other moments in her life that gave me more food for thought. After meeting a brave, young fellow student with kidney disease, and recalling Ghandi’s famous words “Be the change you want to see in t It is rare that you find a book that gives you more than the joy of reading or maybe increased knowledge about some subject. Eldona Edwards’ (Ellie) book, ‘Lost in Transportation’ is one of those rare books. Her story in itself amazing but it is also through her deviations from the main story line into other moments in her life that gave me more food for thought. After meeting a brave, young fellow student with kidney disease, and recalling Ghandi’s famous words “Be the change you want to see in the world” Ellie offers one of her own kidneys to the young woman. Her offer is appreciated but declined. This does not stop Ellie from pursuing her amazing decision to become a living organ donor. With a supportive circle of friends and family this story is her journey not only to accomplish her mission but to also become an active advocate for living organ donation. This biography is sensitive and poignant. At times it is also amusing and thought provoking in many ways. I can’t recommend this book too highly. It will make you cry and make you laugh for it is not only her, sometimes frustrating, journey but the way she openly shares other intimate feelings and thoughts; her joy of being a massage therapist, going through menopause, relationships with family and friends and her wonderful outlook on life generally. This review is also available on my website www.pam.id.au

  30. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    This memoir is completely different from the ones I generally read, however I found it both interesting and inspiring. The author, having gone back to college, encounters a young student who is suffering from kidney failure. After researching the subject, she decides that she would be willing to be an ‘altruistic’ kidney donor. What a journey this turns out to be as normally it’s family members who donate a kidney. For example, a distant cousin of mine donated a kidney to her son. It’s most unus This memoir is completely different from the ones I generally read, however I found it both interesting and inspiring. The author, having gone back to college, encounters a young student who is suffering from kidney failure. After researching the subject, she decides that she would be willing to be an ‘altruistic’ kidney donor. What a journey this turns out to be as normally it’s family members who donate a kidney. For example, a distant cousin of mine donated a kidney to her son. It’s most unusual and not without risk to undergo major surgery to give a kidney to an unknown recipient. She certainly doesn’t lack compassion or courage. I found the book to be well written as she explains the reasons for her choices. In her own words, she says that ‘Heroism is merely love in action. And in the end, love really is everything…’ I think she could be called a heroine and I’m sure the recipient thinks so too.

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