A DC native fears she might die in three years if she does not get help soon.
A social media post about Krystal Mason blew up on social media after being shared hundreds of times on Facebook and Instagram.
You don’t have to look far inside of Mason’s home to see the 27-year-old has a heart.
“We can’t exist without love,” Mason said.
She cherishes her family, loves her hometown, and embraces life.
“At 27, you think ‘oh I’m going to live forever’ or, you know, ‘I’m going to live until I’m 90 and have a bunch of kids. I’m going to get married and’ — No. That’s not life for me,” Mason told WUSA9.
Her life changed more than one year ago.
“My side was hurting, my stomach was upset, I had no appetite,” Mason recalled.
The day after her birthday on Friday, February 23rd in 2017 was a day Mason will never forget.
“The doctor says to me ‘do you know your kidneys are failing?’ I’m sitting there kind of with a crazy face,” Mason remembered the emergency room experience. “No, I don’t know that, but that’s a big deal.”
Mason said doctors discovered she was in stage three of kidney failure.
She said, “They’re like ‘but you’ll have a long time. You have years before you’ll need dialysis, years before you’ll need a transplant.’"
However, after several months, the 27-year-old was tested again and got a call from her doctor in January 2018.
“She says ‘Krystal, I need you to get your name added to the transplant list,’ Mason said.
The Coolidge High School Graduate got news that her situation worsened.
Mason’s kidney disease reached stage four.
“I just started balling crying,” Mason recalled.
Mason is currently on the transplant waitlist and actively looking for a living donor.
She worries about not living to be there for loved ones, to see her brother graduate from high school, or not having the chance to marry her boyfriend.
According to the National Institute of Health, Mason is one of more than 660,000 people living with kidney failure in America.
“I’ve never felt that I needed anyone until this point, and that’s hard for me. You know? I feel like I’m superwoman. I can handle anything. I’ve got this, and now, I know that I can’t,” Mason said.
Mason uses laughter as a weapon to fight through the pain and a way to stay optimistic about the path that lies ahead.
“Man no matter what it is like today is today,” she said. “I’m going to live today. Whether tomorrow comes or don’t, today just has to be great.”
If you are interested in donating a kidney or seeing if you are a match with Mason, complete an application online by CLICKING HERE or calling 202-444-3700.