I was diagnosed with Stage 5 chronic kidney failure midyear 2011. From 2012 to 2014 I went through different testing to try to save my kidney; nothing seemed to work. So I was finally put on dialysis in 2015. I was dialyzing for 3 years at the American Renal Association clinic in Texas. I received my kidney transplant on March 3, 2018. This is my first kidney transplant and so far everything is going well.
While I was at the dialysis center I saw a flyer to join the Network 14 team and PAC (Patient Advisory Committee). I joined this group because my facility was a new clinic and there were a lot of patients who had questions and concerns. I want to be the spokesperson for my facility. Even though I'm not dialyzing at this center anymore, I still come and visiting to let them know how my progress is going. Also I'm a part of ESRD Network LAN groups where I hear from other patients across different states on the issues and different approaches they talk about at their facility.
This helps me to share information with my facility I use to get dialysis. Also I can share at the Transplant center I'm going to now.
I am glad to be a part of Network 14 team, my PAC team, and ESRD Network LAN groups. I'm glad to be selected to go to CMS Quality Conference next year. Being a part of this is helping me continue having hope, faith, and able to shared my stories. I have learned a lot of information and I'm looking to see what the New Year 2019 will bring.
WHY I WALK
Right now, 37 million American adults are living with kidney disease, and I'm not okay with that. I walk because 1 in 3 people are at risk for kidney disease. I walk because more than 1 in 7 people have it but aren't aware.
I walk to raised funds that support the National Kidney Foundation, who was the first to identify kidney disease as a distinct, treatable illness. They developed the staged system of kidney disease diagnosis and treatment – a worldwide standard today – and release and update treatment guidelines to improve patient care.
Join me in making these advances possible by donating to my efforts!
Thank you for your support!