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Rachael Wong

Rachael was diagnosed with systemic lupus erythematosus as a college freshman. Her courageous and vivacious spirit allowed her to complete college 5,000 miles from her home and family despite the continual challenges of lupus and lupus nephritis. Through it all, despite Cytoxan chemotherapy and prednisone, her kidneys continued to spill protein. Rachael was married in 1998, and later that year she went to the emergency room for a bad headache and was found with very high blood pressure. Even with careful monitoring by her nephrologists, she needed more and more blood pressure lowering medications and struggled with swelling and fatigue. On April 30, 2002, Rachael got “the call” from the Transplant Center. Rachael remarked: “There were too many emotions to talk about on that day. Everyday since we have been thankful for the new life that I have been given.” Rachael's new life has involved returning to work, doing more yoga, becoming fit, and playing tennis again. Rachael became involved with the Transplant Association of Hawai‘i in 2003, and now serves as its President. She is also active with the Hawai‘i Coalition on Donation and is a member of the National Kidney Foundation's trans Action Council's National Executive Committee. Rachael’s mother is Laurie Wong, a retired DOE administrator.




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