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A third chance at life: surviving cancer, hepatitis C and kidney failure

A third chance at life: surviving cancer, hepatitis C and kidney failure

Dario Gozzi, a kidney disease patient from Abano Terme, Italy tells the story of his third “rebirth’. He recounts his journey leading up to his kidneys failing, being on dialysis and the long road to his kidney transplant. My life was spent between doctors and diseases for a long time. In 1987, when I was […]

Finding organizational support to cope with kidney failure

Finding organizational support to cope with kidney failure

R.J. Sajaykumar, aged 50, recounts how renal failure left him physically, financially and emotionally depleted in 2002. With the support of a committed nephrologist and a Chennai (India) based NGO, he survived and gained sustainable access to dialysis.  I was diagnosed with end stage renal failure during 2002. I was affected with multiple complications and […]

55 and still alive

55 and still alive

Theresa Gray-Gunn is a polycystic kidney disease patient from Ontario, Canada. She shares her experiences as a kidney disease patient and how she has managed to stay positive with her kidney disease and her kidney transplant. In 1968 my father passed away from a brain aneurysm. He was 28 and I was 2. My mother […]

The more you know, the smarter decisions you can make

The more you know, the smarter decisions you can make

Thulaganyo (Thuli) Modisane, Educator, Author, Speaker and an advocate for World Kidney Day from South Africa was diagnosed with kidney disease in 2010. Since then, she has been advocating for youth education on kidney health. What was your diagnosis, and can you briefly describe the treatment you have received? I was diagnosed with Focal Segmental […]

Education is the most empowering force available to control your disease

Education is the most empowering force available to control your disease

As Richard Knight went through his journey as a kidney patient, dialysis patient and kidney transplant recipient, he came to understand the importance of learning about his disease and educating others so that they don’t experience the same suffering as he did. Today, he serves as president of the American Association of Kidney Patients, which […]

Self-discipline, a key to living well with kidney disease

Self-discipline, a key to living well with kidney disease

Er. K. R. Sharma is 67 years old retired Assistant Engineer from Hanumangarh, Rajasthan, India. A proud grandfather, he is living a healthy and normal life with a single transplanted kidney for the last 43 years. He shares his experience receiving a kidney transplant and the necessity for each transplant patient to have hope and […]

No matter how dark it gets, light will always come with a new day

No matter how dark it gets, light will always come with a new day

In 2017, aged 26 and being a young medical doctor, Dr. Job Kasweshi was shocked to learn that his kidneys were failing suddenly and rapidly. He shares his story of becoming the first person to be transplanted a kidney in Zambia and how his brother risked putting his academic career at hold to come to his aid. Through these challenge times, he found […]

Be the captain of your own care

Be the captain of your own care

Derek Forfang is a kidney disease patient from the United States. He is also a thought leader and the chair of the USA KPAC (Kidney Patient Advisory Council of the ESRD Networks). He shares his experience facing kidney disease and his hopes to improve kidney disease patients’ lives. What was your diagnosis, and can you […]

Kidney disease will be my source of strength

Kidney disease will be my source of strength

Rev Fr. Okoloagu Nathaniel, a 58-year old Catholic priest working in the Diocese of Awgu, Enugu State, Southeast, Nigeria has been diagnosed with kidney failure. He talks about receiving dialysis treatment and the difficulties it can cause when faced with financial constraints. I was diagnosed with kidney failure in 2009. I learned that both of my […]

Acceptance of the truth of kidney disease is the first step

Acceptance of the truth of kidney disease is the first step

Maggie Ng Miu Man has been living with kidney disease for 35 years. She tells the story of when she underwent hemodialysis and had two kidney transplants. She also shares her experiences coping with her disease and how patients with kidney disease can be hopeful about the future. Everyone in the world must face their […]

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