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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 […]

28 Years of Living with Kidney Disease and Thriving

28 Years of Living with Kidney Disease and Thriving

Dawn Edwards tells the story of her journey with kidney disease on which she has gone from a failed kidney transplant to eventually home dialysis. She also shares her experiences about her advocacy work and the importance of raising awareness, especially in times of pandemic. My name is Dawn Edwards and I am a kidney […]

Receiving a kidney transplant after many wrong turns

Receiving a kidney transplant after many wrong turns

Peter Chakaya talks about the difficulties of receiving dialysis in Kenya, where it turned out to be very expensive and difficult to find a good doctor. Meanwhile,  as a result of misleading information, he struggled for many years to find a matching donor, only to finally receive a kidney from a family member. I am […]

A gift that made my son smile again

A gift that made my son smile again

Ruth Njeri tells the story of her son who suffered end-stage kidney disease at a very young age leading to him needing multiple organ transplantations. She shares her family’s efforts in finding matching donors and raise funds for medical bills on her son’s transplant path which started in Kenya and even let him as far India. My son, Brian Karuga, was […]

I lost my kidney due to PUJ (pelvic-ureteric junction) obstruction

I lost my kidney due to PUJ (pelvic-ureteric junction) obstruction

Chiara Improta suffered from a PUJ (pelvic-ureteric junction) obstruction. She chooses to share her story to raise awareness about her disease and to explain the medical steps that she had to take, including a nephrectomy,  in order to avoid further complications. I was watching TV in my room when suddenly, I felt a strong urge to […]

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