DaVita® Stories

Teammates You Should Know: Karen Ivey, RN; Terry Lowe, PCT and Diamond Ivey, RN

Greetings, Village teammates. Have you ever allowed fate to direct your path? I can honestly say I have.

In 2010, my best friend’s husband, Terry Lowe, was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease (CKD). He had been on in-center hemodialysis for four years. Terry’s family members, friends and numerous church members were tested for the potential match possibility. No matches were found. In June 2013, I wanted to help, so I was tested for match potential, never believing for one minute that I would be a match. In August 2013, I was informed by Loyola Hospital that I was a positive match for the procedure.

The story does not end there. I had problems with fibroids and after extensive testing, it was thought that a large fibroid had damaged the ureter, which would cancel the procedure. In order to verify the viability of the ureter, I had a hysterectomy in December 2013. The results were favorable─no damage. I was really excited.

In May 2014, I became a living kidney donor. Yes, I donated my right kidney to Terry Lowe. Who would believe that a non-family member would be a match for this type of procedure? Who would believe that a super large fibroid did not damage the ureter? There is only one answer in my opinion, this blessing had to be divinely orchestrated.

To bring the story full circle, I began working as a dialysis nurse in the fall of 2014. In 2016, I joined the Village. Because the name DaVita is an adaption of the Italian phrase “giving life,” I believed that I belonged in this “special place.” Currently, I work as the clinical coordinator at DaVita West Side. Our personal experience created a passion for both Terry and I. That’s right, Terry has now joined the Village too. He recently completed training and is now a PCT at DaVita Elgin. He is a living testimony that successful kidney transplant can happen. This entire experience has been so influential to my family. In fact, so much so that I also referred my daughter, Diamond Ivey, to the Village as well. Diamond is now a RN at DaVita Emerald. The three of us plan on giving life to many DaVita patients and teammates. What a blessing to give.

Karen, Terry and Diamond

Karen Ivey

Karen Ivey

Karen M. Ivey, RN, BSN, BA. has been a RN for 24 years. Originally from Cleveland, OH, she currently resides in Chicago, IL with husband Terry and daughter Diamond. Karen enjoys traveling, movies and spending time with family. She's been a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. since 1987. a public service organization founded on sisterhood, scholarship and service. She enjoys inspiring and motivating individuals to dream big.