People who have chronic illnesses like diabetes, hypertension, cancer, HIV or kidney disease have always been challenged when it comes to insurance coverage. There was a time when insurance companies could deny coverage to people with pre-existing conditions, so when people needed insurance the most —when they got really ill and needed care—they didn’t have it. READ MORE >>TOPICS: Advocacy and policy
Kidney Today from the American Kidney Fund brings you voices from the fight against kidney disease—patients, their loved ones, renal professionals and many others.
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. READ MORE >>TOPICS: Living with kidney disease, Healthy living, Kidney failure
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. READ MORE >>TOPICS: Living with kidney disease, Kidney disease prevention, Healthy living, Kidney transplant
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… READ MORE >>TOPICS: Living with kidney disease, Healthy living, Kidney failure
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. READ MORE >>TOPICS: Living with kidney disease, Stories, Kidney transplant, Kidney failure