Thousand Oaks woman gained miracle kidney, funding restrictions helped take it away

By Tom Kisken

An hour before sunrise, Jeannette Castaneda unfurled a bed sheet over a reclining chair to keep pale green vinyl from clinging to her arms. She huddled under a blanket as a technician jabbed her with a needle, leashing her to the machine that does what her kidneys cannot.

Because she needs a miracle. Again.

What I have to say: This woman lost her new kidney because she couldn’t afford the maintenance medications to keep her kidney functioning. This is a real problem for many folks who have chronic diseases and especially those with Vasculitis disease. It is a very expensive disease to keep under control.
I wish I knew what the solution was. Thankfully, my kidneys are still ticking although severely damaged. I am very grateful that my family has been able to support me, which has gained me eight years and maybe more. But I will be on medication for the rest of my life unless a miracle drug or procedure cures the disease. I am still hoping.

About Cyn Bagley

My life is a mixture of travel, jobs, and disease. You can find some of my novels on under the name Cyn Bagley.
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