THE IDEA IS NOT TO LIVE FOREVER...
But maybe to help another live a little longer.
My name is Christopher Paige, and I am 35 years old. I am a hardworking family man. On June 24th 2020, I was admitted into Winter Haven Hospital where I tested positive for the Coronavirus.
After testing positive for COVID-19, my kidneys began to fail. Three days later after being hospitalized, I was placed on emergency dialysis. I spent two weeks in ICU and was admitted several times after that due to complications with my COVID-19 recovery. With no history of kidney failure, I was discharged with instructions to continue outpatient dialysis for a couple of weeks with the hopes that my kidneys would recover.
Unfortunately, my kidneys are permanently damaged and I am in need of a kidney transplant.
Before Covid-19, I worked as a truck driving instructor. I traveled from the east coast to the west coast each week training students and getting them accustomed to life on the road. I also loved coming home every Tuesday to spend time with my family for a couple of days. With my career... I was able to enjoy being on the road, meet new people and travel; but it also allowed me to provide a comfortable life for me and my family.
On my days off, you could find me outside running around with my children or working on cars in the garage. As you can imagine, this has been life changing not only for myself, but for my family as well. I went from being able to provide with no issues to making no money at all. I have three children ages six, two and a three months old. I think the hardest part of this transition is not being able to interact with my children like before. Being on dialysis three times a week has taken a toll on my body from lack of energy to relying on a machine to complete body functions for me. It’s a huge transition for myself and also those around me.
Regardless of these unforeseen changes in my life, I am so grateful to be alive. My family and I are enlisting the help of social media to search for a donor, share my story, and raise money to handle upcoming expenses. They say God gives his toughest battles to his strongest soldiers, and this soldier will continue to push through. Thank you for reading.