Miriam’s Story

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So this is what dialysis looks like. This is called a fistula and this was inputted after my kidneys failed. Every time I attend dialysis two needles are placed into this vein so that a machine can filter my blood.

My name is Miriam Yarde and I live in the Bay Area. I was studying English at UC Berkeley when I went to the doctor for a routine annual checkup. My doctor noticed something that was off. So, he referred me to a specialist who diagnosed me with Stage Five kidney failure. I was rushed to the hospital, immediately given a blood transfusion and then put on dialysis. Four months before my 21st birthday.

For the last four years I’ve been going to a dialysis clinic for 12 hours a week. When I get dialysis, I’m exhausted. I get muscle spasms and I receive treatment after working a full day at a law firm. For the last four years I’ve been on UC Davis’s kidney donor waitlists. With preparing for law school. I need to focus on my studies and not be distracted by dialysis. Every time they put the needle in my life expectancy is shortened.

A living kidney donor will allow me to be competitive with my classmates and also allow me to accomplish my goal of becoming a lawyer and helping others with chronic illnesses. My goal is to live a normal life without dialysis.
I’m looking for a living kidney donor with blood type O to be a hero and give me the gift of life.

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Miriam Yarde was in and out of foster care growing up. Her mom passed away when she was just five, her dad during her first year of college. One might think learning that her kidneys were failing might make her want to quit, but it turns out to be just the opposite.

During her free time, Miriam volunteers at a foster youth nonprofit, reads novels, watches movies, and writes poetry.

What is the one thing you wish people knew about the foster care system from your perspective?

I would like people to know that despite the negative stereotypes involving foster youth, we are a resilient population who can ultimately contribute to society. Our past experiences do not define us.

I want to help

My goal is to live a normal life without dialysis.

I’m looking for a living kidney donor with blood type O to be a hero and give me the gift of life.