There are two sides to every kidney donation story—the selfless decision made by the donor and the priceless gift received by the recipient. Richard Patterson, Jr. received a kidney from his son, Richard Patterson III, in June 2014. In Part 1, Richard Patterson, Jr. tells his story of cancer and kidney failure, and eventually receiving his transplant. READ MORE >>TOPICS: Living with kidney disease, Stories, Kidney transplant
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.
A simple question—“What do you wish others understood about living with kidney disease?”—unleashed a torrent of comments on our Facebook page recently. Kidney disease itself is often invisible until the late stages; once it progresses to kidney failure, patients need dialysis or a transplant to live. People living with kidney disease and kidney failure tell us they often feel that others do not understand what they are going through, both physically and emotionally. READ MORE >>TOPICS: Living with kidney disease, Stories, Kidney failure
A routine doctor’s appointment often involves a health professional checking your blood pressure. The screening is not painful or stressful and typically takes less than a minute to measure. However, the results of this simple test may identify a condition that, when managed, could help reduce your chances for stroke, heart attack and kidney disease. READ MORE >>TOPICS: Kidney disease prevention, Healthy living
AKF Advocate Ron Krokey is passionate about spreading the word about kidney disease. He joined 11 other Advocates in Washington, D.C., in March for a series of meetings with legislators. Here’s what he had to say about his experience. READ MORE >>TOPICS: AKF programs, Advocacy and policy, Living with kidney disease, Stories
Because chronic kidney disease affects your body’s mineral balance, it’s important to limit certain nutrients, like phosphorous, that healthy kidney normally filter out. Renal dietitian Lauren Elkins offers some advice. READ MORE >>TOPICS: Living with kidney disease, Kidney disease prevention, Healthy living