BURGAW, NC (WECT) - Beth Mills has been living with renal reflux, a kidney disease that causes urine to flow the wrong way, since she was 9 years old.
She received a kidney transplant from her husband, Adam, in 2012. The kidney did its job, but a little more than a year ago, Beth had to put her life on pause to search for another kidney to replace the one Adam donated.
Beth is on dialysis, a painful process of removing excess water, solutes, and toxins from the blood in a person who doesn’t have a functioning kidney. In addition to the pain, it causes Beth to lose sleep because the machine is so loud.
"It’s just terrible being powerless and not being able to make the pain go away,” Adam said.
Family and friends have asked about becoming a donor for Beth but haven’t had any luck.
Beth’s cousin, Cindy Ramsey, isn’t a match but is determined to help by dedicating her book, Maddie in the Middle, to Beth.
“Since I couldn’t donate a kidney, then this would be the one way I could help her," Ramsey said.
Ramsey is holding a book fundraiser for Beth’s medical bills at the St. Helena Community Building at 2 p.m. Saturday. The building is located at 305 East Main Street in Burgaw.