Apr 13, 2021 | Ricky Buoncore
Nearly 13 years ago, on a family vacation, the first symptoms appeared: tingling hands. A few doctor visits later confirmed a relatively innocuous diagnosis, polymyositis, attributed to an autoimmune disorder. My mom, at 53 years old, didn't think much of it at the time; uncomfortable but not life-altering. That would change when the same autoimmune gene that affected her hands, manifested as Interstitial Lung Disease and started attacking her lungs.
This April, as we celebrate National Donate Life Month, I encourage anyone who isn't an organ donor to at least give it a second thought. But there are also other ways to support great programs, like Donate Life, which offers volunteering and fundraising opportunities.