Originally born in Panama, Carmen Buelvas Critchlow was sent by her family to the United
States to acquire an education at the young age of thirteen.
As a little girl, she
studying medicine and returning to help her
early twenties as a young mother of two small children, Carmen
with Kidney Disease.
physical, emotional, financial and spiritual struggle against the
many complications of the disease have spanned two decades, two kidney transplants and
more brushes with death than most of us imagine possible in one lifetime.
Overcoming the dismal odds again and again, Carmen has become a strong advocate for
"colleague" patients and for organ donation, which for more than 75,000 individuals
waiting in the U.S. alone, WILL mean the difference between life and death.
own special commitment to education, Carmen
has developed a resource library
for patients and families at her
local Hemodialysis Center
in Battle Creek, Michigan.
spearheaded the formation of local support groups on quality of life that is possible on
gives a great deal of time to encouraging other patients who have had or are
facing organ transplants.
As a more official volunteer, Carmen works with the Kidney
Foundation and the Gift of Life Agency
to distribute literature and educate the public about
the need for organ donation.
is even helping the Gift of Life Agency
is a woman from whom we can all learn important life lessons.
Carmen lives with her
husband, David, in the country outside Battle Creek.
Details the twenty-year physical and emotional battle Carmen
family have fought
Shares how in a powerful way this uninvited "battle" has been transformed into a spiritual
journey with God;
Describes in clear, understandable terms the implications of kidney failure and the reality of
book is inspiring.
is also available for speaking engagements.