A Transplant Exchange Fostered By…Tinder???

I know I’ve been heavy & introspective lately again, as usual for me when I’m tossing things around.  My next lung transplant follow-up appointment is tomorrow. Admittedly before any doctor’s appointment (regardless of news or lack thereof)  I get a little amped.  This is always the case & has been since 2004. I’ve been doing a good job taking my mind off of it for the first few days this week, but then also trying to do some preparing yesterday & today (if I have any lingering questions that popped into my head that I need to discuss).

I recently was introduced to someone in my local area, close in age to me, with some similar issues. He had his double lung transplant in May & is doing well. So for the past few days, as I’ve thought of different questions in relation to his journey & experiences that have come up that I’ve been asking as he’s reached out to me. Having him as an ear & sounding board has helped me process a few things that I wasn’t quite grasping before & I see that as a good thing.

Yet, today I had a bevy of things I could write about. I felt something else was in order.  So low and behold I found this on my friend Leslie Franklin‘s Twitter feed recently & thought it was unique enough to share.

Let me preface this by saying Tinder gets a bad rap, sometimes for valid reasons.

Admittedly, my younger improv teammates got a good chuckle when they asked me if I knew what Tinder was a few months ago.  I replied with, “I don’t know,  firewood…? kindling…?”

Not quite.  It’s  actually classified as a dating site but if you talk to different people they classify it differently.

I guess there’s even a few parts of me (as savvy as I am) where I am still a digital luddite at points. This is in spite of my zest for digital health & apps in general.  I take it in stride though in the rare event it happens where my naiveté is shown in full bloom.

That said, who knew there was a potential new use for this app/website?

Check out this news article from The Tampa Bay Times & you’ll see what I mean.   Actually though, in the end run, there is a charming novelty & uniqueness to this story if it’s read in its entirety.  (I by no means mean to minimize the extensive process it takes to get a match for people even in living donors by putting up this article).

To me it shows that sometimes important & meaningful coincidences happen when you least expect them to. Sometimes in places where they are least expected to take place.

I also feel a few moments of levity & lightheartedness within what can be a rather serious space never hurts either.


Update 12/15/15:  Just found this really cool feature on how in the UK, Tinder & the NHS are teaming up to raise organ donor awareness.  Worth a share!


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  1. Pingback: Press Release: Apple & Donate Life America Bring National Organ Donor Registration to iPhone | AS I LIVE & BREATHE

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