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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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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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