After 3 years, West Seattleite Jan Seeley to get life-saving kidney

Almost three years after she was told she needed a kidney transplant to save her life, longtime West Seattleite Jan Seeley – known for years as “JanS” in the WSB Forum and comments – is finally getting one. She is at Swedish Medical Center now after getting the call tonight for surgery in the morning. Even if you don’t know Jan, a self-employed massage therapist, you might remember reading her story here in 2011, at the start of a community fundraising drive (which has continued online), told by her daughter Jessica Diamant, who had hoped to give a kidney to her mom, until testing showed incompatibility. As Jessica wrote, Jan already had survived serious health challenges, including breast cancer, before being diagnosed with fibrillary glomerulonephritis, which led to kidney failure. The ensuing wait has been nerve-wracking, but now it’s almost over, and we wish Jan good luck with this operation and recovery. For updates, check – of course – the thread in the WSB Forum.

32 Replies to "After 3 years, West Seattleite Jan Seeley to get life-saving kidney"

  • george June 21, 2013 (11:18 pm)

    Good luck Jan, look forward to seeing you back here soon!

  • Homedk June 21, 2013 (11:40 pm)

    Hope all goes well, Jan!

  • Elizabeth June 21, 2013 (11:42 pm)

    You’ll be in my prayers, Jan! Such a wonderful lady deserves a swift and easy recovery!

  • Mannamc June 21, 2013 (11:58 pm)

    Great news, Jan! We’ll be thinking of you.

  • miws June 22, 2013 (7:26 am)

    Doin’ the Snoopy Happy Dance!



  • jiggers June 22, 2013 (7:56 am)

    A miracle has happened. This should be the story of the year here. I hope it all works out for you Jan..

  • 2krazy4words June 22, 2013 (7:59 am)

    where’s the like button?! great news!!

  • Laconique June 22, 2013 (8:05 am)

    This is such a great solstice gift for Jan and her family! Thanks, WSB, for sharing happy stories about members of our community!

  • Ann June 22, 2013 (8:56 am)

    Sending good vibes your way!!

  • miws June 22, 2013 (9:57 am)

    Jan’s surgery has been postponed until tomorrow, Sunday, due to the OR being overwhelmed by first weekend of summer emergencies.



  • kumalavula June 22, 2013 (10:04 am)

    my dad had a life saving kidney transplant ten years ago. i wish jan a successful operation and recovery. may someone else’s loss be your gift. i hope everyone considers becoming an organ donor because, as you see, you can make a huge difference in the lives of a needy recipient and his/her family.

  • furiouskitty June 22, 2013 (10:08 am)

    Good luck, Jan. May you have a swift and easy recovery.

  • enviromaven June 22, 2013 (10:19 am)

    Wishing you all the best…a smooth surgery and quick recovery!

  • TDe June 22, 2013 (10:26 am)


  • pupsarebest June 22, 2013 (10:53 am)

    Very nice to put a face with the name— Jan consistently comments with thoughtfulness, humor, compassion and kindness.
    Best wishes to her for a successful operation and speedy recovery.

  • West Seattle Since 1979 June 22, 2013 (11:26 am)

    That’s great news!

  • Jersey Girl June 22, 2013 (12:39 pm)

    So happy for you, Jan
    Wishing you all the best and a speedy recovery

  • Morgan June 22, 2013 (5:30 pm)

    Great news! Take care. Peace and health to you.

  • k June 22, 2013 (6:14 pm)

    Great to hear! Take care!!!!!

  • Dhl June 22, 2013 (6:36 pm)


  • Dana June 22, 2013 (6:59 pm)

    Congratulations Jan! Healing energy to you.

  • NativetoSeattle June 22, 2013 (8:44 pm)

    Great news. Here’s to a smooth surgery & speedy recovery.

  • AJP June 22, 2013 (11:17 pm)

    Hope all goes well Jan, keeping you in thoughts and prayers.

  • JoB June 23, 2013 (8:59 am)

    Jan facebooked early this morning. the surgery is on…

  • JanS June 23, 2013 (3:31 pm)

    Well, it’s a done deal. Kidney is in, functioning very well, a bit owie(good pain meds) and I am back in my room. Thank you for all of your support, and a huge thank you to the donor who had to give up their life to save mine.

    Please consider being an organ donor if you haven ‘t already. :)

    • WSB June 23, 2013 (3:54 pm)

      YAY!!! Congratulations and happy healing – Tracy

  • Diane June 23, 2013 (4:13 pm)

    yay yay yay yay yay; absolutely amazing; had no idea you could be awake and coherent so quickly after surgery; best news ever

  • Debbie June 23, 2013 (4:26 pm)

    Congratulations Jan. hope you hang around long enough to need a second replacement.
    happy tears for you.

  • Gina T June 23, 2013 (5:27 pm)

    The Jan Fund.

  • miws June 23, 2013 (5:29 pm)

    Wow! Glad it went well, Jan!


    I really thought we’d be hearing first from your daughter, and then from you tomorrow sometime!



  • JanS June 23, 2013 (8:55 pm)

    Mike…can ‘t keep me down long ;-)

  • Cait June 24, 2013 (8:42 am)

    Jumping for joy for JAN!!

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