Blog Posts: Living With Kidney Disease

A gift of hope inspires giving back William Southall  |  Posted
William Southall

Five years ago I learned that my kidneys had failed and I would need to start dialysis to survive. Soon after, I found myself dealing with the sudden death of my mother. Dealing with these two sudden, devastating events at the same time was very challenging and I wasn’t sure how to make things work.

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Fighting for the insurance rights of ESRD patients LaVarne A. Burton  |  Posted
Dialysis machine

Recently the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced it will investigate possible inappropriate efforts by providers of dialysis services to steer patients eligible for Medicare and Medicaid into insurance plans paid for by third parties. We think this is an important issue and we fully support the effort to make sure that there is no room for undue influence over patients in choosing their insurance.

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Growing up with kidney failure Riley Crowder  |  Posted
Riley Crowder

Ever since I was four years old, I have been living with kidney failure. My experiences led me to pursue a master’s degree and become a Child Life Specialist—someone who normalizes the hospital environment for children and their families.

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More minority organ donors are needed Clive O. Callender, M.D.  |  Posted
A group of African and Hispanic women

National Minority Awareness Day has since become National Minority Awareness Week, and we observe it the first week of August every year. This special observance honors minorities who have been donors, and encourages others to register as donors and take better care of their health in order to reduce the number needing a transplant. The number one problem in transplantation remains the shortage of organs.

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