After transplant, talk turns to puppy, baby


APPLETON - Their talk these days centers around the usual aspects of married life: picking paint colors and puppies.

But a year ago Nyke and Will Block were focused on waiting lists, medications and kidney transplants. Uncertainty clouded their future as Nyke’s kidney function declined and a number of scheduled transplants failed to materialize.

Those clouds began to thin in August when Nyke – with the help of her dad, who donated his kidney to a recipient in California – received a transplant through a national paired exchange program matching donors and recipients.

Nine months later, the transplant is still a focal point in her life, but now so is the future and many of the “normal” things 25-year-olds think about.

“We have a house and get to do what most normal married couples like to do, we picked out paint to paint our living room,” Nyke said with a laugh last weekend. “It’s kind of nice. I don’t need to worry nearly as much. I know what tomorrow will bring versus before where I didn’t know what was going to happen. It’s nice to have things somewhat more predictable.” Continue reading 
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