Nichole Jefferson has always been her own healthcare advocate because of her asthma. But when she was diagnosed with kidney failure in October 2003 at 31 years old, her life changed drastically.
The diagnosis was unexpected and devastating but Nichole jumped into action, learning as much as she could about her treatment options. She chose peritoneal dialysis due to a needle phobia. While that treatment was being coordinated, she was temporarily put on hemodialysis.
Soon after starting her treatment Nichole received yet another piece of unsettling news: her blood work showed the possibility of the Hepatitis C virus. She did not know what this meant, how she could have gotten it, or how it would affect her life and dialysis treatment moving forward. Luckily, after retesting her blood, doctors were able to confirm that she did not have Hepatitis C.
Recently, Nichole heard about the CDC alert of an increased number of reports of newly acquired Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection among patients on hemodialysis. She remembered her own scare – how she learned about Hepatitis C by asking questions, doing her own research, and advocating for herself during treatment. Although she didn’t have Hepatitis C, she learned a valuable lesson about the importance of adhering to infection control practices to reduce the risk of infection – both for healthcare professionals and patients alike.
Nichole will be sharing her story live on our Facebook page along with our medical expert Dr. David Roth, a nephrologist and Professor of Medicine at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Dr. Roth is also the Clinical Chief and UNOS Medical Director of Kidney Transplantation at the Miami Transplant Institute.
Join us on Thursday, June 23rd at 1 pm EST for a live discussion about the risks and symptoms of Hepatitis C
Nichole Jefferson is originally from Dallas, Texas, and currently resides in West Des Moines, Iowa. She moved to Iowa in 2011 after accepting a new position with her current employer. While in Iowa, she has been involved with the local and national chapters of the National Kidney Foundation.
Dialysis and Hepatitis C: Are You at Risk?
Are you at risk for Hepatitis C? Hear live from Dr. David Roth, nephrologist and professor of medicine at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, and patient Nichole Jefferson who will discuss the risks and symptoms of Hepatitis C. All you have to do is tune in to our Facebook page at 1 pm EST on Thursday, June 23rd!