Mike and his family and closest friends at the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community – supporting NKF as their charity of choice
On Tuesday, April 21, the Gallagher family of Erie, PA, will be featured on ESPN2’s E:60, a series that showcases the “Best Stories in Sports”.
Mike Gallagher is a father to six children. He is a former sports broadcaster and has been a National Kidney Foundation (NKF) advocate since he was diagnosed with polycystic kidney disease (PKD) four years ago.
“It was a shock being told that I have a disease that there is no cure for,” Mike said.
After the surgery, you’re officially a living kidney donor. Congratulations! In general, those who ultimately choose to become kidney donors are much healthier than the general population because kidney donors must undergo a comprehensive physical and mental health evaluation prior to being approved to donate a kidney.
So you’ve made the decision to become a living donor. You’re not alone. In the United States in 2013, there were 5,733 living kidney donors. Since 1988, there have been 127,515 living kidney donors in the United States. In 2011, living donors accounted for 42.5% of the kidney transplants performed globally, and there were more than 31,000 live donor transplants done in more than 100 countries around the world.
By Leslie Spry, MD, FACP, FASN, FNKF
On average, nearly 3,000 new patients are added to the kidney waiting list each month and every 14 minutes someone is added to the kidney transplant list. April is Donate Life Month and there’s clearly a dire need for more organ donors.
With that in mind, there are risks and benefits to becoming a living donor. To donate a kidney to a loved one, friend, or even a stranger, is truly to give the gift of life. I have seen in my own practice that living donation frequently makes both the giver and the receiver feel better, and typically those who donate kidneys to their loved ones are joyous and enthusiastic about it.
By Leslie Spry, MD, FACP, FNKF
In light of the recent news about measles outbreaks in the United States, you may be wondering what you should be doing to protect yourself. Are you in need of a booster vaccine? Have you already been immunized?
By Roi Lee
My father had a cerebral hemorrhage in June 1999 when I was only 10 years old. Because of this, he is permanently paralyzed on the left side of his body. This incident has caused a lot of pain for my family, both mentally and physically. Ten years before he even had the hemorrhage, he also had diabetes, which weakened his blood circulation. This caused him to develop kidney disease. As the situation got worse, the doctor recommended that he apply for a kidney transplant in 2002. In March 2007, my father started hemodialysis three times a week, which made him tired and reluctant to do anything. In addition, he could not travel anywhere outside of the city, had to control everything he ate and was depressed. His illness made it difficult not only for himself, but for my mother too. Yet she was always there by his side, helping him fight through every obstacle. It made me sad to think that she had no life other than fighting this disease with my father. It was an incredibly dark time for my family.
Posted in Dialysis, Donation, Kidney Health, Transplant
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By Jessica Goldman Foung, aka Sodium Girl
It’s holiday time and that means it’s time to celebrate! It also means it’s to time brush up on low-sodium party etiquette. Specifically, how to properly handle the small bites (aka appetizers) meant to keep you fueled and full throughout those long festive evenings.
Although these tiny treats seem rather innocent, many of them contain high-sodium ingredients—some more obvious than others. But before you pass on the tray pass, simply use the information below to know which popular appetizers fit within your dietary limits and which do not. You’ll also find tips on how to make low-sodium swaps when playing host or hostess. That way you can nibble wisely.