Category Archives: Fitness

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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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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Happy (Kidney-Friendly) Thanksgiving

By Heather Shenk Many holiday celebrations focus on a meal, but none more so than Thanksgiving. For those whose health conditions require them to closely monitor their diet, the holiday can be stressful. This sentiment is especially true for dialysis … Continue reading

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