What's the Best Way to Ask Someone to Donate a Kidney?
Most potential recipients can't imagine asking someone to consider donating one of their kidneys. Hence, you are not alone if you feel this way. You might even feel if someone really wanted to donate one of their kidneys, they would have already told you. Right?
The truth is that no one can offer to help you, or find someone who can, if they don't fully understand your situation, or the purpose-filled opportunity in living kidney donation.
The most effective thing you can do right now is make your friends and family aware of your declining renal function.
It's a Conversation, Not a Speech
No doubt your friends and family will ask you questions while you're sharing your story. This is what transforms the telling of your story into a fully engaged conversation.
Until others truly understand your situation, they can't begin to imagine how they could help you, or find someone who could. Let them know why you need a transplant and why a transplant would be better than dialysis. Learn as much as you can about the difference between dialysis and transplant, so you can provide compelling facts and circumstances.
Remember, your primary goal is to share your story. You don't have to ask someone to be your donor! That's way too much for anyone to ask, or anyone to consider for that matter. All you need to do is get the magnitude of your story out there. At the very least you'll be increasing awareness and creating tremendous goodwill BUZZ for all those in need.
Don't Ask, Tell
You should never have to ask someone to consider being your donor. Simply tell your story. Approach this process as an exercise for increasing awareness for all those in need.
Before You Share Your Story
Now that you understand the communication strategy, you'll need to develop a plan to get your story out there. On the next page you'll find an action plan to help you stay organized and on task. Use these steps to drive your outreach campaign.
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