I'm t1 and I had a kidney transplant in July, 2011. It's been difficult for me both physically and mentally, but everybody has a different experience with it. I wasn't on dialysis, but I probably should have been. I experienced a lot of heart burn and nausea, and a tough time going to the bathroom. I had a constant stomach ache and always had either a bad case of constipation or diarrhea. I didn't sleep well and I got depressed because I shut myself off to the world. If you have support, it really helps. Use it. My biggest fear was finding a donor. Get on the list as soon as you can. Try looking for your own donors, but be vocal about it. I was silent about my feelings and thoughts, and I ended up waiting for four years because I was too scared to ask anyone for a kidney.
My sister eventually got tested and she was a match so I was completely blessed and elated. We had to both go through a lot of tests to see if she was a match. After my transplant, the most difficult thing for me to get used to was the immunosuppressive drugs they put me on. At first, they really alter your mood. They're very strong. I had constant hot flashes, didn't have much energy, and didn't sleep well. I also felt wonderful at the same time, however. Because I had a new, operating kidney, I didn't get the heartburn anymore, I was rehydrated, and I was finally able to relax somewhat seeing as the worst part was over.
The hospital who performed my surgery made me go into the hospital every morning for the first couple of months for blood tests. The doctors wanted to ensure everything was functioning ok and they kept a close eye on me.
Today, I'm still healing a little mentally, but physically, life is much better. It's definitely a worthwhile procedure. If you have any questions, please let me know. Good luck with everything.
The problem with me though is that I never released any of the toxicity in my body because I wasn't on dialysis.