My Story Of Life
I am writing to you to share my story of “life”. My name is Michael Palazzo; I am 37 years old and a Nassau County Police Officer. On Nov.12, 2009 my life stopped, literally and figuratively. That was the morning, after working an overnight shift, I received the call. My doctor had taken blood from me on Nov.10, 2009 and the results were in. What I heard, I was not prepared for. The doctor simply said to my wife; Jennifer “get Michael to an emergency room NOW, he is in stage 5 Renal Failure.” When she told me that, I couldn’t believe it, I just finished work, I felt fine. She insisted and to the emergency room I went. When I walked in my Blood Pressure was 212/141, doctors swarmed around me, needles sticking me, EKG’s, sonograms, anything you could think of. I was admitted to the CCU unit that evening. The next morning I received another call, this time from my nephrologist, who told me I needed to be placed on dialysis immediately and would need a kidney transplant. While all of this was occurring a former student, Marcus Brito, of my wife’s texted her to see how she was and sent her a picture of him in his Marine Uniform. Her response was that “Michael is in CCU.” Marcus quickly responded and asked “why?” Jen told him that I was in kidney failure and would need a transplant. Never having met me personally Marcus responded;” I have a kidney for him.” Over the next few days I remained in the hospital and had a dialysis catheter put in my chest and Marcus came and visited me. When I was released the Friday before Thanksgiving, I was told I had to go for a kidney biopsy before we could begin the transplant process. I went for the biopsy and began the transplant process on Dec 14, 2009. On that day I was screened for the transplant and Marcus filled out the donor questionnaire and gave blood.
Finally, after a week of waiting on Dec.22, 2009 we received the phone call that Marcus was a match for me. The odds were 1 in 30,000.
Now on Jan. 15, 2010 we will be admitted into Columbia Presbyterian and undergo our transplant. I honestly can say Jan.15, 2010 will be the day Marcus and I celebrate our brother bond. I don’t know what I would do without Marcus and will be eternally grateful. I’m writing this in order to help with any and all opportunities to educate people about organ donation, kidney disease, and the power we have to save lives.