Saturday, November 14, 2015

Elizabeth Lopez of Goshen needs a transplant

Goshen News | Denise Fedorow

Denise Fedorow | The Goshen NewsELIZABETH LOPEZ, center, along with her sons Oscar, left and Ruben, rely on family and faith to get them through the struggle of waiting and hoping for a kidney donor for Elizabeth. Husband Sandro was unavailable for the photo

GOSHEN — It’s not easy for Elizabeth Lopez to talk about her illness and her need for a kidney donor — she’s not looking for sympathy. But she did agree to speak about it for two reasons—her family, including her two young sons, and others who like her, might need an organ donation to survive and thrive.

A 14-year Goshen resident, Lopez was born and raised in California. She and her husband moved to Goshen after visiting here.

“We liked it and thought it would be a good place to raise kids — except for the snow!” the native Californian said.

Lopez was diagnosed with Lupus — an auto-immune disease — 11 years ago, shortly after her youngest son was born. The diagnosis came after her kidneys began failing. Lopez said she was able to control her illness really well for about 10 years. The day before last Thanksgiving she became ill and was really sick throughout the holiday. On Dec. 2 she was admitted to the hospital. She and her husband Sandro were told had they waited another day, this could be a different story.Lopez was diagnosed with Lupus — an auto-immune disease — 11 years ago, shortly after her youngest son was born. The diagnosis came after her kidneys began failing. Lopez said she was able to control her illness really well for about 10 years. The day before last Thanksgiving she became ill and was really sick throughout the holiday. On Dec. 2 she was admitted to the hospital. She and her husband Sandro were told had they waited another day, this could be a different story. Continue reading

 

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