Jeremy and Drew Smith: Brothers, best friends and the perfect match

Author: Elissa Blattman  |  Posted:

Jeremy and Drew Smith are brothers and best friends who do everything together, including kidney transplant surgery. Jeremy donated his #kidney to Drew last month, after a successful KidneyNation fundraising campaign that raised money for AKF's programs as a tribute to Drew before the surgery. READ MORE >>

TOPICS: Coronavirus, Covid-19, Living with kidney disease, Stories, Kidney transplant, Kidney failure

Take care of your body because it’s the only one you get

Author: Octavia Sallie  |  Posted:

With a long family history of diabetes, I’m sad to say that I wasn’t entirely surprised by my personal diagnosis in 2003. When thinking back to that year and everything that followed, the phrase “hindsight is 20/20” comes to mind. Why didn’t I take better care of my body knowing my family has a history of diabetes? How did I let my diabetes get so out of control? READ MORE >>

TOPICS: Coronavirus, Covid-19, Living with kidney disease, Stories, Healthy living

Don’t let life’s curveballs strike you out

Author: Candie Gagne  |  Posted:

As a former chief hospital corpsman in the Navy, I didn’t expect to be on the receiving end of care. I was healthy my entire life—never in a million years did I think my kidneys would fail me, leaving my body desperately needing a transplant from a stranger. But these earth-shattering surprises did occur, not only to me, but to my husband as well. READ MORE >>

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

Coming full circle in my journey with kidney disease and AKF

Author: Amelia Rowniewski  |  Posted:

Amelia, 15, attended The Hope Affair in 2012 as that year's Calendar Kids Art Contest winner. She was inspired by the speeches she heard that night and vowed to fight kidney disease when she got older. Fast forward to 2020—Amelia is now an AKF Ambassador and she'll also be introducing this year's Calendar Kids Art Contest winner at The Hope Affair on Wednesday. READ MORE >>

TOPICS: AKF programs, Living with kidney disease, Stories

Spina bifida and kidney disease

Author: Judy Thibadeau, RN, MN and Bethany A. Hoppe  |  Posted:

About 1,500 babies are born with spina bifida each year in the U.S. 26% of them go on to develop kidney damage, and some later progress to kidney failure. Learn more about spina bifida's impact on the kidneys in a guest post from the Spina Bifida Association. READ MORE >>

TOPICS: Living with kidney disease, Healthy living

Adapting to the new normal: AKF’s Kidney Action Days transform into Kidney Action Week

Author: Carlos Aparicio  |  Posted:

Taking place from September 14-18, the free, weeklong event will feature virtual activities that anyone can participate in from the safety of their home. The event will include healthy cooking demonstrations, education sessions led by experts, fitness demonstrations, Ask a Nephrologist and Ask a Dietitian Q&A sessions, and other opportunities for participants to interact with AKF and share information. READ MORE >>

TOPICS: Coronavirus, Covid-19, Education, AKF programs, Kidney Action Day, Healthy eating, Healthy living

Navigating COVID-19 reopenings as a dialysis patient

Author: Katie Pickard, LCSW NSW-C  |  Posted:

As some parts of the country are loosening COVID-19 shutdown restrictions, you may be wondering how to stay safe and healthy while also having a connection to the outside world. Katie Pickard, a Satellite Health social worker, shared some reopening advice on our blog. READ MORE >>

TOPICS: Coronavirus, Covid-19, Dialysis, Living with kidney disease, Healthy living, Kidney failure
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