Author Archives: National Kidney Foundation

No Warning: A Hepatitis C Scare

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 … Continue reading

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Kidney Donation Inspires a Former DJ to Become a Nurse

By Chris Melz When I found out that my good friend from junior high school, Will, was in need of a kidney donor, I did not hesitate to step up. I knew that Will had been suffering from diabetes and … Continue reading

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Running For My Brother

By Sarah Culmo Growing up, my father constantly suffered pain due to Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD). As he got older, his condition worsened and his belly began to protrude because his kidneys were so full of cysts and pushed against his other … Continue reading

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Why I Chose Living Donation

By Beth Bernstein On August 26, 2015, my old friend from high school, Aron, posted a note on Facebook announcing that after 30 years with a successful kidney transplant, the kidney failed and he was heading to the hospital to … Continue reading

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What You Can Do To Prevent the Spread of Infection at Your Dialysis Center

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently posted a health advisory for dialysis facilities. The CDC has received an increased number of reports of newly acquired hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection among patients on hemodialysis. They urge dialysis … Continue reading

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A Lesson in Self Acceptance

By Krista Ciminera (Originally posted on Awhile ago I (Krista) watched the women’s field at a local cyclocross race, straddling a friend’s cyclocross bike so I could bike from spot to spot along the winding course. At one straight away, … Continue reading

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Generic Medications and Your Kidney Transplant

By Matthew Cooper, MD, Director of Kidney and Pancreas Transplantation at Medstar Georgetown Transplant Institute. If you have received a transplant, you’ve probably had this discussion with your transplant team, “How will you pay for your immunosuppressive medications?” It’s an … Continue reading

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