About

Why You Are Here

At the age of 19, I was diagnosed with Chronic Kidney Disease. After living with the consequences of such a condition for several years, I am preparing to begin the process for a transplant. Just a month shy of 29, I am hoping with cautious optimism that my application is approved and I am able to be matched with a suitable live donor.

Beyond a form of self expression to detail my emotional, physical and mental ability to handle such a daunting chapter in my life, this website was created to give family and friends status updates and a better understanding of what to expect.

As I continue to build this site, I also hope to provide a broad range of information regarding renal failure, treatment options and resources for support in Central Texas for CKD patients who are curious about the experiences of others with our condition.

If you want to learn more about CKD, dialysis, or transplant options (donating and receiving), the best place to start is the National Kidney Foundation.

Taking the Tour

I have always been a big fan of stories and am a firm believer that, when discovering a new one, it’s best to start from the beginning. The “Pre-Transplant” link under the Blog Categories section to the right lists posts in chronological order detailing my experiences with this disease. If you’re like me and want to know the full story, start here.

As I continue down this path of (hopefully) getting a transplant, I will also post information about my condition, including doctor’s visits, lab work, navigating insurance and other topics under “Status Updates”. Those of you who are all up to speed will likely want to start there.

If you would like to receive notifications when I publish a new post, just insert your email information in the “Follow this Blog via Email” section to the right. (I don’t post frequently, so you don’t have to worry about it being too “spammy”.)

One Final Note

This website is designed as a resource of information for my personal account of living with CKD. It is populated with my own opinions and my (limited) understanding of how the human body functions. I am not a doctor. In fact, I often struggle to keep up with my doctors; it takes me time to wrap my mind around the breadth and depth of data they share with me during appointments.

Always, always seek guidance from a professional healthcare provider with questions or concerns about any medical issues you may be experiencing. And when it comes to serious conditions, always get a second opinion about your diagnosis AND your treatment options.

Responses

  1. Transplantation is very advantageous. It eliminates the need for dialysis and helps patients enjoy a life filled with more freedom, energy and productivity.


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