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Today is a weird day for me. In my 20 plus years of working at Game Informer I have never really been disconnected from the office like I will be over the next month.
Long story short, my brother needs a Kidney and I am Spare Parts Brother 01 so I'm off to help him out. My journey has been a weird one, though.
I never really pictured myself the donating type, but that all changed during a week of compatibility tests when I learned a couple of amazing facts. First, a cadaver kidney offers an average 7 years to its new host (remember to check those donor boxes on those Driver Licenses), a living donor offers 17 years, and a related living donor gives a whopping 25 years. That's a big difference, but I'm sure anyone out there on dialysis and on a waiting list for an organ would tell you they would gladly get that seven years in a heartbeat. Being able to give my brother or anyone in my family 25 years "bonus time" is a pretty amazing thing, so I was instantly inspired to sign up without a doubt in my head. Second, I learned that given the right body anatomy, doctors can remove a donor's kidney through the belly button. That's right, not only is that weird, but down right awesome. Obviously, I'm hoping I have the right stuff to do this mini-version of the Alien chestburster scene. Otherwise, it's an incision, and in case you didn't already know, I'm a big nerd who is afraid of blood, doctors, and surgery - which of course is going to make the next month all the more weird.
So to anyone who tries to track me down in the coming weeks, my apologies in advance, but I know GI's awesome staff will get everything done right. Plus, you just know I'm going to be working feverishly from bed once I get past that post-surgery haze (at least I hope so). Plus, who knew donating a kidney would be such a great opportunity to hit that back log with a vengeance?
Well anyway, things like this in life give people a chance to get a little perspective, which is why my last words on this post will be a big thank you to the awesome staff at Game Informer that I get to work with, all the salespeople out there that get our magazine in front of millions of gamers, and of course, the amazing readers and community here on this website that make all the hard work worthwhile.
Wish me good luck, and I will see you guys on the other side!
PS: I cannot be held responsible for anything weird I say on my twitter account for the next 30 days.
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Good luck Andy, hope everything goes according to plan. Enjoy that backlog and feeling like your floating :P
It's great that you're doing that!
Take care and I wish both you and your brother excellent health. That's an amazing thing to do for family. Bravo, sir.
You go, big chief. You can tell the GI community is all proud of you. We'll be praying for you and your brother at my house.
Good luck Andy! You and your brother will pull through! Don't worry, post-op pain meds are great, the kind of great that makes you think they should be illegal.
Way to be a trooper Andy! Good luck to the both of ya's, and TRY TO TAKE IT EASY. I know you men hate bed resting ;)
GIO will miss you!
Truly a noble deed. All the best!
+1 billion karma points to you, Andy!
Good luck Andy, will keep you and your family in my prayers
Good Luck to you, your brother, and your belly button.
Good luck Andy! It's great what you're doing for your brother. We'll miss you! Also, I can't wait to read any wacky tweets :D
Good luck, and a speedy recovery to both of you!
Good luck! I hope you enjoy your recovery.
Good luck man!!! Hope everything works out for you and your brother
Hope you both have a quick and easy recovery! Remember, you need anything you have the entire GI and twitter communities there to help!
Good luck lad. That's quite generous.
I'll pray for your swift return and your brother's good health. Good luck.
i'll be praying for you and you brother Andy
Good luck Andy
good luck man hope everything goes well