"As things begin to reopen and more and more people are resuming normal life, I am reminded that my body is not like others. I know that I have to trust myself, be safe and unapologetically ask the question, “Are you vaccinated?” when I am unsure of someone’s status...I know this is my new normal—but does it have to be this way?" - Alysia, AKF Ambassador. Read more on our blog. READ MORE >>TOPICS: AKF Ambassador, Kidney transplant, Stories, Coronavirus, Covid-19, Living with kidney disease
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.
Jose donated a kidney to his mom, Dawn, in 2007. His gift gave his family nearly 10 more years with her before she sadly passed away in 2016. Dawn's memory lives on, though, thanks to Jose and the money he has raised through our KidneyNation program. READ MORE >>TOPICS: Kidney transplant, Stories, KIDNEYNATION, Living with kidney disease
To learn more about the connection between kidney disease and gout, visit AKF’s Goutful campaign at KidneyFund.org/gout. Goutful education content is made possible by Horizon Therapeutics. The following is a letter patient Kyle C. wrote to the medical community detailing the impact gout has had on his life. READ MORE >>TOPICS: Gout, Faces of Gout, Stories, Living with kidney disease
LaVarne Burton, American Kidney Fund President and CEO, participated in The Atlantic Health Summit in a panel discussion on “The Power of Patient Advocacy.” She discussed the need to address the disproportionate impact of kidney disease on communities of color, listen to diverse groups of patients about their experiences and correct longstanding racial biases in kidney disease detection. READ MORE >>TOPICS: Advocacy and policy, Coronavirus, Covid-19, Living with kidney disease
Like many of us, Kidney Kitchen contributor Dr. Blake Shusterman loves high-potassium foods like bananas, sweet potatoes and avocados. If you're someone who gets confused by one-size-fits-all potassium recommendations for people with kidney disease, check out his latest guest blog post to help you navigate this nutrient READ MORE >>TOPICS: Kidney Kitchen, Diet, Nutrition, Healthy eating, Living with kidney disease
Gout pain can be incredibly isolating, but it is possible to live a normal life with gout. Kyle shares his story as a reminder to keep going. Here is his open letter and video about living with gout. READ MORE >>TOPICS: Gout, Kidney failure, Faces of Gout, Healthy living, Stories, Living with kidney disease
In recognition of National Gout Awareness Day on May 22, the American Kidney Fund (AKF) is sharing stories of people living with both kidney disease and gout, as well as educational resources on managing and treating this chronic and painful type of arthritis. Here is a letter patient Theresa C. wrote to her coworkers detailing the impact gout has had on her life. READ MORE >>TOPICS: Gout, Faces of Gout, Healthy living, Stories, Living with kidney disease