On June 7, 2005, the (Everett) Herald published a feature article by reporter Christina Harper. The headline read: "Waiting for a new life: A Monroe woman endures dialysis while she awaits a donated kidney."
Here are the first few paragraphs of the article:
EVERETT, June 7, 2005 -- When her cell phone rings, Mary Swanson answers immediately. She has it with her day and night.
The Monroe woman lives her days ever hopeful that the next call she gets will hold the promise of a new life.
Swanson, 44, is one of more than 800 people in Washington state who are waiting for a kidney transplant.
Swanson found out after a blood test in November 1999 that her kidneys were failing. She was 39 years old and had no symptoms.
"I felt totally, perfectly fine," Swanson said.
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