An infectious laugh and smile are two things you will never see Michelle Pollock without.
“You mention her name and everybody jumps in to help,” said friend, Shelley Kutschbach.
By looking at Michelle you would never know she is battling kidney failure.
“It’s rough. There are days you feel worse than others,” said Michelle.
In 2010 Michelle was diagnosed with Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis, a rare disease that attacks the kidneys. In June of 2013, Michelle underwent her first kidney transplant.
Doctors at Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center told her there was a 30 percent chance the disease she has would attack her new kidney. Twelve days post-surgery Michelle had fallen into that 30 percent.
The last five years have been filled with treatment after treatment. Michelle has taken 40 to 60 pills a day to try to keep the failing kidney functioning.
“I can’t imagine being on this journey with anyone else but my husband and my kids. He’s been there every step of the way,” said Michelle.
That’s what keeps this wife and mom of three going, the loving support she has with her students, family and friends.
“I know she’s afraid of what she’s got a face and what her family is going to have to face but her face is unwavering,” said Twana Clary, Michelle’s longtime friend since Kindergarten.
Michelle’s army of support alongside her through the journey. A tough one the last 7 years as doctors recently told her she needs a second transplant. Because of the cost friends have put a benefit together to help raise money.
The benefit, set for 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 5 at First Wesleyan Church in Chillicothe, will have a live auction at 4 p.m., a Chinese and silent auction throughout the day, a fish fry, a bounce house, a DJ and more.
“She’s a great friend and she’s a true inspiration,” said Clary.
In addition to the fundraising for the transplant, Michelle is seeking a living donor. An o negative or o positive blood type would be ideal match for her, but she says those wanting to donate can sign up for what is called the swap program where recipients use each other’s donors match.