“ I Don’t Know About This?”( A Patient’s Initial Dialysis Treatment) Pt. 18 Featured Character Edition

Kidney Trail Kind KNOWte:

“ If you remember in Pt. 7 of this story, I mentioned as AW is waiting for me to return back from getting Eric Cirignano our Biomed gentleman she is observing the room/tx floor and notices more characters in our story. Let me take you back………..This Ladies and Gentlemen are the Kidney Trails Tales Features for this story.


Annie R. Williams, African American female age 47, Type 2 Diabetes, history of hypertension, newly matured left lower fistula access. First Initial Dialysis Treatment. Originally from Spanish Town, Jamaica, raised in Patterson,New Jersey by way of Toronto, Canada, now residing in Phoenix, Arizona for fifty six years now. Mother of six kids, grandmother of four.

Dwelyn,CCHT 3

Dwelyn Williams, African-American

Male age 44, has traveled the US residing in 28 states, 22 years of combined modalities and leadership within the field of Dialysis. Originally from Fayetteville,North Carolina. Now Residing in Phoenix, Arizona 2 years now, college student, father, grandfather. CCHT/ Preceptor/ Level 3 KidneyTrails Dialysis Clinical Educator , Instructor for the Kidney Trails Academy. Author for the KidneyTrails.com

Dicyn,CCHT 2

Dicyn L.Williams, age 19, African American Male. Graduate of the Kidney Kollaboration Training Institute with a 98.4 GPA average. Originally from Fayetteville,North Carolina, residing in Phoenix, Arizona. Loves Spider-Man, continuing his education to become a RN, inspired KidneyTrails Guest Author enrolled in the KidneyTrails Academy for Dialysis Technicians, third year in Dialysis. ( introduced in Pt.15…..Meet The Team/ Can You Relate)

Denym ,CCHT 2

Denym P. Williams age 18, African American Male . Graduate of the Kidney Kollaboration Training Institute with a 98.2 GPA average.Continuing his education for Vascular Access Technology . Loves, thinks…. he’s the Hulk. Originally from Fayetteville,North Carolina , residing in Phoenix, Arizona..,. Enrolled in the Kidney Trails Academy for Dialysis Technicians , third year in Dialysis. ( introduced in Pt.15…..Meet The Team/ Can You Relate)

Elisia Marchena , Regulatory Consultant/Kidney Educator

Elisia Marchena,age 37, Caribbean American female descendant of Barbados , KidneyTrails Dialysis Clinic Lead Educator ,Regulatory Consultant , President of the local Chapter for Dialysis Technicians here in Phoenix, Arizona. Residing in Phoenix for eleven years now. Guest Author for the KidneyTrails.com . Originally from Staten Island,New York. ( introduced in Pt.17& featured in Pt. 19)

Ashley, Dialysis Tech 1

Ashley “Smash “ McGinnis, Caucasian female,26 years of age, originally from Prescott, Arizona residing in Phoenix, Arizona, first year in Dialysis,Guest Author of the poem “ My First Year”for the KidneyTrails.com, loves mountain biking, consistent reader, continuing her education to be a Dietician/ Kidney Coach.( introduced in Part 10&10.2)

Nicole, Dialysis Tech 1

Nicole ,26 years of age, Caucasian female , originally from Denver, Colorado moved to Phoenix, Arizona three months ago, just finished training at the KidneyTrails Dialysis Clinic , attends the local University studying biology. ( introduced in Pt.12&13)

Eric Cirignano, CEO of Bion

Eric Cirignano, 40 year old Caucasian male, owner of Bion formerly Biomedix, contracted Biomedical Technologist for the Kidney Trails Dialysis Clinic, originally from Boston, Massachusetts, residing in Phoenix for 4 years now. ( conversation with AW in Pt. 8)

Anthony Reed

Anthony Reed , 32 year old male, Guatemalan American, Master Kidney Coach and Lab / Transplant Coordinator for Kidney Trail Dialysis Clinic , originally from Guatemala, raised in Richmond, Virginia, residing in Phoenix, Arizona for 8 years. ( introduced to AW in Pt. 11)

Mrs. Ruth

Mrs.Ruth 56 year old African American female, ESRD, history of hypertension, CHF, 12 years on Dialysis, originally from Newark,New Jersey, residing in Phoenix, Arizona for 12 years. ( Sitting next to AW in chair 6, Pt.3&7)

Mr. T

Mr. T , 62 year old African American male, ESRD for 10 years, history of glomerulonephritis , originally from Detroit,Michigan,residing in Phoenix, Arizona for 25 years.( sitting next to AW chair 8 ,Pt.3)

Mrs. Aonani

Mrs.Aonani , 77 year old Samoan female, Type 2 Diabetes, ESRD for 28 years, wheelchair bound, one leg amputee, originally from Samoa , grew up in Honolulu, Hawaii, residing in Phoenix, Arizona for 11 years. ( Conversation with AW in Pt.7)

Mrs. Baykonberning

Mrs.Baykonberning 66 year old female , Latin American originally from Havana, Cuba, ESRD ,Type 2 Diabetic , right upper fistula ,residing in Phoenix, Arizona for 2.5 years, walks with a cane for now due to a recent hip replacement ( Pt. 10.2 site being held by Ashley and discovers Ashley’s note that fell to the floor)

Juan,CCHT 3

Juan , 22 Mexican American male, 6 years in Dialysis , soccer goalee for the Arizona Rattlers Division 1 Soccer League, Spanish Interpreter Liaison for the KidneyTrails Dialysis Clinic. Originally from Phoenix, Arizona and currently residing in Phoenix.( Introduced in Pt.15 “ Meet The Team/ Can You Relate)

Jonathan Traylor

Jonathan Traylor ,32 Caucasian male, originally from Louisville, Kentucky. Residing in Kerrville,Texas host of the famous podcast “ Hope With Jonathan”, Kidney Life Coach, Author / Partner with the KidneyTrails.com….. Renal Warrior . ( introduced in Pt. 17 and upcoming feature)

Mr. Johnson

Mr.Johnson , 48 year old Italian American male , Right chest CVC access, awaiting a call from transplant any day now. Originally from Queens,New York.( mentioned in Pt. 12 treatment being discontinued)


Ms. Ketana 28 year old , Asian American female , originally from Tokyo,Japan but raised in Oakland, California…. moves to Phoenix, Arizona after her husband passed away, CVC access, Diabetes Type 2, CKD , once did Peritoneal Dialysis prior to Hemodiaysis. ( Talking on the phone in Pt.7)

Published by DiabeTech77

Hello to all of you our wonderful Kidney Trail Hikers . My name is Dwelyn Williams, CCHT, Immediate Past President NANT . I would like to say Thank You for joining us on The Kidney Trails. A brief story of who I am . I started my Hemodialysis Technician career in January of 2000 in Charlotte,NC. During that time and now the present I have been a Traveling Hemodialysis Technician, a Chronic Preceptor, an Acute Preceptor, Kidney Smart Educator, proud NANT Board Member , and a Hemodialysis Technician Instructor. My current status is a proud employee of Fresenius Kidney Care- Arcadia as a Hemodialysis Technician CCHT/VAM and also an Acute Hemodialysis Technician here in the Phoenix, Arizona area. My involvement with dialysis goes back as far as the early 90’s. My mother was a ESRD patient during that time. We as a family contributed to her well being by assisting her with CAPD at home. After a year of doing a home modality, she ventured out into outpatient dialysis in a chronic setting of hemodialysis. With that being said , I developed not only a interest I dialysis but an extreme curiosity of what this disease was and its effect on my mother and our family. This placed a heavy matter on me due to the fact that it was beyond personal and it could happen to any of our loved ones. Serving as a NANT member and on the NANT Board has aloud me to express my concern and issues amongst others. The ability to possibly influence others. To share my passion within my profession alongside developing my craft. My goal is to encourage every Nephrology Clinical Technician that they are important in more ways than one, and to know that they matter in our patients lives. I hope to inspire more Nephrology Clinical Technicians to take on more leadership roles in their communities, clinics, and NANT. As a newly Author and Kidney Trails Family member it’s is my duty to deliver the most epic and profound stories of my vision of Renal World. What a great time none other than during this tough time we are having in the world today being impacted by the COVID 19/ Coronavirus. We hope as you hike with us along The Kidney Trails , that each step we take is with Essential Potential.

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