Blog Posts: Living With Kidney Disease

Summertime is for vacations—even if you’re on dialysis Sandra M. Lauriat, M.D., FACP  |  Posted
Vacations and traveling on dialysis

Summertime is here and if you are like most people, you are ready for a break from the hustle and bustle of your daily routine. Vacation anyone? But what if you are a dialysis patient? Can you still take a vacation? The answer is an absolute, positive, without a doubt YES!!! All it takes is a little planning and preparation, so let’s get started…

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5 things you should know if you want a kidney transplant Elaine Milem  |  Posted
Middle-aged woman considering a kidney transplant

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
Article author Angela Davis speaking about her experience

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
Article author Steven Winfree and his wife and their 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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