Mary Hsiao-Ling Wu was diagnosed with renal agenesis at the tender age of three and her parents, who were immigrants from China, were told that kidney transplantation was the only option to save her life. Fortunately for Mary, she received the ultimate gift of two separate kidney transplants.
How does one become a donor? Is it only for the young and healthy? Aren’t there enough organs for those who need them? In this episode, Mary helps to dispel common myths around organ donation. Her lived experience has led her to become a champion for the organ donation and transplantation community. She is also widely recognized for her role as a patient and community health advocate, speaker, and contributor to various publications and social media blogs. As author of the book, “Confessions of a Kidney Transplant Recipient,” she chronicles her personal experiences and the people along the way who supported and guided her throughout her health journey.
In her spare time, Mary is a passionate foodie and loves tea, cats, travel, writing, arts and crafts, and swimming. You can learn more about her work and writings at her website: “The Wu Way” at https://www.thewuway.com.
- Mary Wu’s Website: http://www.thewuway.com
- Mary’s book, “Confessions of a Kidney Transplant Recipient” on Amazon.
- To become a life-saving organ, eye, and tissue donor: https://registerme.org/ or www.donatelife.net
- Live on NY, a local organ procurement organization: https://www.liveonny.org/
- Transplant Support Organization, a NY-based support group: https://www.transplantsupport.org/our-story
- Renal Support Network, a California and kidney-based support group: http://www.rsnhope.org
- UNOS (United Network Organ Sharing), a transplant system that is federally run: https://unos.org/
- Disaggregated Data on Organ Donation & Asian Americans: https://minorityhealth.hhs.gov/omh/browse.aspx?lvl=4&lvlid=57