Keeping Life Normal on the Waiting List

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Olethia Taylor, Patient Waiting

Keeping Life Normal on the Waiting List

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olethia-315wSpending nine hours at home each night on dialysis, Olethia has no life after 8:30 pm. However, that does not keep her from running after her 13-year-old daughter, Jamesha, who swims, runs track, plays basketball, sings in the choir, and plays clarinet in the school band. Olethia also works full-time as a supervisor with the United States Postal Service.

“You can’t give up. You learn to keep going and not dwell on the situation.”

An inspiration to all around her, Olethia vows to “keep living and keep doing what I’m doing. I was living before this happened, why stop now?” She wants to show her daughter “you can’t give up. You learn to keep going and not dwell on the situation.” Olethia wants a new kidney, but knows “it will happen when it is supposed to happen.” She is currently on the transplant waiting list at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. In the meantime, she is up for whatever Jamesha decides to do next.

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