Donna Hoagland wasn’t even supposed to be Troy Volk’s fourth-grade teacher — she was just filling in while his regular teacher was on maternity leave — but the two are forever linked, now that she gave a kidney that’s keeping his mother alive.
Whenever Troy kept asking his mom “What if you don’t get a kidney?” she’d assure him she’d live to see him grow up, go to college, become a CEO and get married. She’s been “sick mommy” for nearly half of Troy’s life.
She was hooked up to a dialysis machine every night. She couldn’t cuddle with her boys to watch a movie or for a bedtime story. She couldn’t jump into the pool with them. And in the morning, she’d wake up, retching in the bathroom before school.
Her pregnancy with Troy’s brother tipped doctors off to the kidney disease. Her obstetrician told her she should end the pregnancy and …
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