Blog Posts: Living With Kidney Disease

AKF Advocates make their voices heard on Capitol Hill AKF Staff  |  Posted
American Kidney Fund 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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New to kidney disease? Nine things you should do. AKF Staff  |  Posted
Patient speaking to his kidney 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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I am not my disease: life as a dialysis mom Cortney Smith  |  Posted
Cortney Smith, article author and kidney patient, and her son

Anytime we hear about someone who suffers from a chronic disease, it’s easy to use the disease as a label to describe the person: “There's so and so, she has cancer,” or “He’s a diabetic.” Everyone is guilty of doing this at one time or another, and I have noticed that many doctors unknowingly make this mistake, too.

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Kidney disease and African-Americans AKF Staff  |  Posted
Kidney disease and African-Americans infograph

Kidney disease and kidney failure affect African-Americans more than any other race or ethnicity. Nearly 1 in 3 of Americans with kidney failure is African-American. Learn more about this silent killer from our infographic. The good news: most cases of kidney disease could be prevented by controlling diabetes and high blood pressure, the two leading causes of kidney disease.

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The American Kidney Fund helps people fight kidney disease and live healthier lives. For more information, visit our website.

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