While most people can live a normal life with one healthy kidney, a radical nephrectomy is no fun.
I had one nearly two years ago. It was months before I was feeling like myself, and I still have some nerve damage and am not quite as flexible on my right side as I was before. I had no choice but to have the procedure -- cancer was eating away at my kidney and threatened to do the same to the rest of my body.
These folks had a choice and that is why this story is so remarkable: The one-kidney club — five members have given an organ; another waits in the wings.