Twenty-four-year-old Brianna Digiacomo of Hamburg has been battling polycystic kidney disease since she was born. She was blessed to be able to receive her first kidney transplant from a loved one in 2015. She thought she could finally move on with her life but sadly, Digiacomo’s kidney began to reject just two short years later and she was back to square one.
Now Digiacomo spends her days receiving dialysis at a minimum of three to four times a week. Dialysis is a very rough treatment and makes her feel weak, but it’s the only thing keeping her alive. That’s why she’s in desperate need of a kidney donor before it’s too late. With tears in her eyes, she shared what she wishes she could do with her life if it weren’t for her poor health.
“I wish I was in school. I wish I was in my career already. All I’ve ever wanted was to give myself what I never had as a kid.”
Digiacomo also wishes she could help other people and rescue dogs like her dogs Lilly and Bubba.
“I’ve always wanted to start my own rescue to help dogs,” she said.
Luckily Digiacomo has an amazing support system. Her boyfriend Brandon has been by her side for the past two years.
“I don’t think I would have made it this far without him. He drives me to my appointments, helps me financially when I need it, calls the doctor when I’m not feeling well…he has really stepped up to the plate. It’s supposed to be the best time of our lives right now. We are just trying to make it through.”
Her friend Nick Spino reached out to Sweet Buffalo for help in spreading the word.
“Although we are so happy that Brianna has been accepted onto the transplant waitlist, this can be an extensive process and wait for donors. If you or anyone you know is willing to be a donor for my lovely friend Brianna, please let us know,” he said.
Digiacomo’s blood type is O+. You can call the Cleveland Clinic living donor line at 216-445-3150.
You can also make a donation to help here.
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