Oxford kidney transplant recipient Robert Ivy has found his purpose and wants to spread the word to others

THE OXFORD EAGLE | Andy Belt

Bruce Newman Robert Ivy is a 2013 kidney transplant recipient and the Oxford native wants others to be aware of the potentially deadly disease, as well as the need for donors.
In 1999, lifelong Oxonian Robert Ivy was diagnosed with a disease he didn’t see coming.

Ivy’s doctor told him that he had come down with Kidney Disease. For Ivy, it was a surprise as he wasn’t feeling any different than normal, but it didn’t come as a total shock. His mother had also been diagnosed with the sometimes hereditary illness and was on dialysis for 35 years.

Miraculously, Ivy didn’t go on dialysis between his diagnosis in ’99 and his eventual kidney transplant in 2013. Now, he’s making it his mission to spread awareness.

“With kidney disease, oftentimes it’s called a ‘Silent Killer’ or the ‘Silent Disease,’” Ivy, 45, said. “You can go a long time not knowing that you have it. The side effects are nothing. It’s very important for me to get the word out there and just let everyone know how important it is to get a check-up.”

After being on a transplant list, in May 2013, Ivy got the call from his doctor in Jackson that they had found him a donor, but it turned out to be a false match. Two months later, he got the message he was waiting to hear: “we have a kidney for you.”

“God was good to me and He doesn’t want me to sit around, do nothing and not tell anybody else,” Ivy said. “It was a blessing and a miracle at the same time.” Continue reading
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