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.

Confessions of a first-time dialysis patient—Week 3 Steve Winfree  |  Posted
Steve Winfree with his nurse

I wanted to use this week’s blog entry to talk about some of the different ways I have used to get through a dialysis visit, as well as different struggles we face. As you go into week 3 there are a few things that you will notice have changed.

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Paired kidney exchange offers hope to minority patients waiting for transplants Joseph Keith Melancon, M.D.  |  Posted
J. Keith Melancon, M.D. performing a surgery

As a transplant surgeon and director of the George Washington University Transplant Institute, I have a special interest is in trying to get as many patients as possible kidney transplants. Patients who receive kidney transplants live a much longer life and are generally much happier than patients who remain on dialysis.

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Confessions of a first-time dialysis patient—Week 1 Steve Winfree  |  Posted
Steve Winfree

Today was my first day of dialysis at the local dialysis clinic. I have been waiting on this day for a long time and I realized once I got here that you can never truly prepare yourself for what you are about to experience.

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