An open letter to my chronic disease

Author: Steven Winfree  |  Posted:

It took Steve Winfree of Knoxville, Tennessee, 12 years to be comfortable talking about living with kidney disease. “I want my story to be proof that kidney disease is not a period in my life, but rather a comma just before the next amazing journey in my life.” READ MORE >>

TOPICS: Living with kidney disease, Stories

AKF Advocates make their voices heard on Capitol Hill

Author: AKF Staff  |  Posted:

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. READ MORE >>

TOPICS: Advocacy and policy, News, Living with kidney disease, Stories, Kidney disease prevention

Mom, daughter hike for kidney disease awareness

Author: AKF Staff  |  Posted:

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. READ MORE >>

TOPICS: Stories, KIDNEYNATION, Kidney failure

I am not my disease: life as a dialysis mom

Author: Cortney Smith  |  Posted:

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. READ MORE >>

TOPICS: Living with kidney disease, Stories, Kidney failure

Kidney disease and African-Americans

Author: AKF Staff  |  Posted:

Kidney disease and kidney failure affect African-Americans more than any other race or ethnicity. Nearly 1 in 3 of Americans with kidney failure is African-American. Learn more about this silent killer from our infographic. The good news: most cases of kidney disease could be prevented by controlling diabetes and high blood pressure, the two leading causes of kidney disease. READ MORE >>

TOPICS: Infographics, Research, Living with kidney disease, Kidney disease prevention, Healthy living

Hats off to these kids

Author: AKF Staff  |  Posted:

Special thanks to Woodward Elementary School in St. Louis. Students there kicked off a Service Learning Project by giving students and teachers the opportunity to wear a hat to school for $1. They raised $101 on hat day and will be collecting change for three weeks to donate to the American Kidney Fund to help patients in need. READ MORE >>

TOPICS: Fundraising, KIDNEYNATION

Five steps to make sure you’re ready for winter weather

Author: Heather Jordan, MPH  |  Posted:

With winter weather on the way, it’s especially important to be prepared to take care of yourself in case the weather prevents you from getting to your dialysis center. There are some simple steps you can take to make sure you are prepared and have access to the things you need to stay healthy in the event of a winter storm. READ MORE >>

TOPICS: Kidney Kitchen, Living with kidney disease, Healthy living

Research: Health literacy and health disparities in southeastern North Carolina

Author: John Stanifer, M.D., M.Sc.  |  Posted:

In the United States, chronic kidney disease affects racial and ethnic minority populations including American Indians, African-Americans, and Hispanic Americans at higher rates than whites. In North Carolina, health disparities are even greater in the southeastern counties where the rates of kidney disease are among the highest in the country. READ MORE >>

TOPICS: Research, Kidney disease prevention, Kidney failure
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