Transplant Story

Holly Miyagawa (kidney, USA)

My name is Holly Miyagawa and I live in Hermosa Beach, CA. I received a kidney from my cousin 22 years ago; in March of 2000. Prior to my transplant, I was pretty active. After surgery, I set small goals for myself to return to “normal” activities. My brain wanted to jump right back into everything. Because I live at the beach, any kind of outdoor activity was healing. I started with short walks that led to a slow jog until I was able to play in my first volleyball tournament 3 months later. Any kind of activity strengthens me both physically and mentally. For me, it’s the best way to heal.