When Betsy Crais was a graduate student, she started having abdominal pain and other gastrointestinal symptoms and went to her doctor to find out what was wrong.
“He showed me the X-rays—I had black holes all over my kidneys,” she says. Those “black holes” were cysts from polycystic kidney disease.
That was more than 35 years ago. Since then, Crais has undergone two kidney transplants and a liver transplant. She is doing well now and shares her story so others will understand what is involved in organ donation and why it is so important.