The Ultimate Advocate

As a member of our transAction Council’s Executive Committee, Mary Wu was an unstoppable advocate for people affected by kidney disease.  Her main interest was in educating and providing support for young adults.  As a young adult herself, she had a lifetime of experiences to share and wanted others to know they were not alone.

Years ago Mary launched a blog called “Confessions of a Kidney Transplant Recipient”, which chronicled her day-to-day struggles with being a kidney patient while going to school and growing up.  Today she is proud to announce that her blog is now a published book!

Here, Mary talks about her book and her advocacy work in her own words.

Well, I never, ever thought this day would EVER come, but here it is!

Years ago, I launched a blog at called “Confessions of a Kidney Transplant Recipient.”  It only took 6 years to write up over 550 pages of 30 years of my life in my book, but FINALLY, my book, “Confessions of a Kidney Transplant Recipient” is available as a hard copy book!!!  YES!!  REALLY!!!! FINALLY!!!!  The National Kidney Foundation has played such a strong and instrumental role in my advocacy work. NKF and the transAction Council are all in my book, and I credit both as my starting points of my advocacy work.

You can find my book online at or through my publishing company:

Mary Wu, an ABC (American-Born Chinese), was diagnosed with renal agenesis at the tender age of 3-years-old and in the 1980’s when organ donation and transplantation was still in medical research development and lacking public awareness. Her parents, who were immigrants from China, were told that kidney transplantation was the only option to save her life. Mary Wu’s life experiences and the many people along the way who guided her throughout her journey are told with candid information and inspiration to enlighten and engage readers for years to come.

About nkf _advocacy

The National Kidney Foundation's advocacy movement is for all people affected by CKD, transplant candidates and recipients, living and potential donors, donor families and caregivers. We empower, educate and encourage you to get involved on issues relating to CKD, donation and transplantation.
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