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Carrie Simpkins, transplant administrator at Wake Forest Baptist Health, said anyone could talk to them anonymously to find out how to become a living organ donor. If there is a specific person you want to donate to, they don’t need to know you care before making up your mind.

Simpkins said she would love more invitations to events like this one to get the word out.

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Both kidney donors and recipients will have surgery, but life and recovery will be different.

A few weeks after his surgery, John Brown felt better than he did before the surgery. And now he said he felt better than he had done in more than a decade.

But being a transplant recipient isn’t quite as easy as just feeling better and never worrying about your kidneys again.

Brown must protect his health through diet and exercise, and take a variety of new drugs, including drugs that suppress his immune system so it doesn’t attack his new kidney.

He and his wife are both vaccinated against COVID-19, but he’s practically still working as the assistant principal for Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools as a precaution.

Although they are now less and further apart than they were immediately after his surgery, Brown’s life after surgery still includes regular checkups with his doctor to make sure his body is not rejecting the organ. And he needs to keep an eye on his sanity to make sure he is focused on staying healthy.

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