|By Deanna Kirk, Corsicana Daily Sun, Texas|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
They're just those kind of people.
The most recent challenge they're facing is a second kidney transplant for Brad. His first surgery was at age 6, when doctors addressed a kinked ureter (tube between kidney and bladder) and discovered his kidneys were malformed. It was also learned then that the ureter being twisted for so long caused damage to his left kidney.
"In 1982, I went for my football physical, and my blood pressure was high," Brad said. "A blood clot had shut off the blood flow to my right kidney. They tried to fix that, but it didn't work, and I lost function in my right kidney then."
Doctors learned that Brad's left kidney was functioning at two-thirds capacity, which is OK, and told him to go on and live his life as long as it operated, because eventually he would lose it. In 1993, his kidney function fell off and he was placed on dialysis, three times a week, four hours a session, for a period of two years.
"I had a transplant in 1995, and they added a functional kidney from a cadaver donor, which was put in my left front side," he said. "They left the original two in there, but they're only about the size of a raisin now. The new kidney will go in the right front side."
Brad has worked at
Two years ago in
"All those years he was driving a truck, riding with the window down, and sun damage," said Leecia.
"They took the entire outside part of my ear off, then worked on the ear canal, and put it back on," Brad said.
Leecia has battled her own share of troubles, as well. On a trip to
"But they did put me on a stress drug, because stress aggravates my condition," she said. "Now I'm happy all the time, and don't ream out people at the post office!"
At a routine mammogram appointment in