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5 things you should know if you want a kidney transplant Elaine Milem  |  Posted
Elaine Milem

As a patient services advocate who works with potential transplant recipients at a major hospital, I spend a lot of time correcting misperceptions and educating patients about what they need to do to get on the transplant list. As a kidney transplant recipient, I have a lot of “inside knowledge” that I readily share with anyone who will listen.

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Coping with depression as a dialysis patient Angela L. Davis  |  Posted
Angela L. Davis

Dialysis, isolation, depression, anger. Each of these words has a separate meaning but they seem to go hand-in-hand with each other. For many dialysis patients, these words combine to form a “new normal” state brought on by living with kidney failure.

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An open letter to my chronic disease Steven Winfree  |  Posted
Steven Winfree with his wife and dog

It took Steve Winfree, of Knoxville, Tennessee, 12 years to be comfortable talking about living with kidney disease. “I want my story to be proof that kidney disease is not a period in my life, but rather a comma just before the next amazing journey in my life.”

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AKF Advocates make their voices heard on Capitol Hill AKF Staff  |  Posted
AKF Advocates on Capitol Hill

Last week, to kick off National Kidney Month, American Kidney Fund (AKF) patient-advocates from around the country came to Washington to educate their elected officials about the financial challenges kidney patients experience, and to urge lawmakers to put an end to discriminatory practices among some health insurers.

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