PRICEVILLE, AL (WAFF) - While earning that coveted high school diploma, one Priceville High School senior is facing a life-changing illness.
Graduation is a special day. It's a day parents, grandparents and students work years for and dream about.
"Some days it's harder to talk about it than others," said Anna Langlois.
She can't move on like the rest of her classmates.
"I get asked every day where am I going to college, what do I want to do," Anna said. "I know what I want to do, but my doctor told me it was a smart idea not to go to college right now just because if I do have my transplant this summer, I probably wouldn't be able to go to school just because of recovering."
Anna wants to be an ultrasound technician, but because her kidneys don't function properly, that dream is on hold.
"It's harder for me to watch them get excited about today, knowing they're going somewhere and she just wants to feel good," said Misty Langlois. "Knowing she has to put her plans on hold just to feel good. She doesn't know what that feels like. She hasn't felt good in so long to just wake up and have all this energy."
"This year, after basketball it got a lot worse and that's when they started all of the testing," Anna explained.
She had kidney problems early in life but her doctors thought she had beaten the odds. It wasn't until she broke a rib in a game last season that a doctor found out she was going into renal failure.
"He (the doctor) had told us that it would be between two to four years before she would probably need a kidney transplant," Misty Langlois added. "He was not expecting it to be a year later but she had just declined so much so quickly and now her function is about 13 percent."
She spent once a month at the doctor's office and didn't give up the sport she loves.
"As soon as the game was over she was zapped, but she put everything she had on the floor every time," Misty Langlois explained.
Anna and her family hope one of her parents is a match. If they aren't, Anna will have to wait, hope and pray for another match.
"All my friends, they've come up to me and said, 'We want to get tested, we want to get tested,' and I was like, 'Ah, thanks,'" Anna explained.
She's grateful for all of the support as she waits for a new kidney and the chance to start life's next big adventure.
Anna should know by mid-July whether her parents are a match. If you'd like to help her with the medical expenses, here is a link.
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