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AKF Advocates make their voices heard on Capitol Hill AKF Staff  |  Posted
AKF 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 with 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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Mom, daughter hike for kidney disease awareness AKF Staff  |  Posted
Julie Lippke with her husband and two daughters
Julie Lippke with her husband and two daughters, Alexandra and Elizabeth.

Julie Lippke and her daughter Alexandra, an eighth-grader, are taking on the challenge of hiking Hadrian’s Wall in northern England during Alexandra’s spring break this month. They are doing it to test their own limits—and to honor Alexandra’s grandfather Jerry Lippke, who has been living with kidney failure for over five years.

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I am not my disease: life as a dialysis mom Cortney Smith  |  Posted
Cortney Smith

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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