Ditmas Park Patch | Caitlan Nolan
"I didn't have much interest in social media before this," Jaffee, 69, told Patch.
The "this" Jaffee speaks of is polycystic kidney disease, or PKD, an inherited disorder that causes the kidneys to fill with cysts and become enlarged, making it difficult to breathe and other complications such as high blood pressure. The disease is broken into five stages, and Jaffee, who was diagnosed in 1997, entered stage four in October.
"If and when it reaches the next stage, it means dialysis," said Jaffee, who has an AV fistula in his arm that is ready for dialysis.
"It's not a very desirable situation for a father of two young children. Dialysis will keep you alive, but it's not as good as having a kidney."
Jaffee is registered with the Transplant Unit at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York, but the wait for kidney in New York State can take four to seven years. Finding a living donor would be much more preferable, so Jaffee got to work on finding one.