Blog Posts: Kidney Failure

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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Mom, daughter hike for kidney disease awareness AKF Staff  |  Posted
Julie Lippke with her husband and two daughters
Julie Lippke with her husband and two daughters, Alexandra and Elizabeth.

Julie Lippke and her daughter Alexandra, an eighth-grader, are taking on the challenge of hiking Hadrian’s Wall in northern England during Alexandra’s spring break this month. They are doing it to test their own limits—and to honor Alexandra’s grandfather Jerry Lippke, who has been living with kidney failure for over five years.

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New to kidney disease? Nine things you should do. AKF Staff  |  Posted
Patient with doctor

A diagnosis of kidney disease often comes as a shock, but you don’t have to face it alone. Our Facebook community includes thousands of people who are living with kidney disease or kidney failure. We recently asked what advice they would give someone who is newly diagnosed.

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