The Caregivers.

From the day I heard my wife’s kidneys had failed.  I became her caregiver, not just for medical concerns but for day-to-day activities also. I am her driver, I help her shower and dress, and we go to appointments together. As a caregiver you deal with many emotions: sadness, frustration, anxiety, or anger at timesContinue reading “The Caregivers.”

But She Finds Purpose in the Pain.

It was a cold Christmas evening in 2003. My family had just finished eating our second round of Christmas dinner, and I noticed that my stepfather was sitting on the couch and not looking too good. He had been cooking for two days in order to get all the food ready for Christmas day. IContinue reading “But She Finds Purpose in the Pain.”

The 3 C’s of Compelling Storytelling

The 3 C’s of Compelling Storytelling When it comes to storytelling, you want to captivate your audience at every stage; hook them in, tantalise them with the details and have blown them away by the end, making sure they always remember you. Here are my top tips – which I call the ‘3 C’s’ –Continue reading “The 3 C’s of Compelling Storytelling”

Janice Laverne Starling-Williams Journey.

Janice Starling is the 5theldest child out of 6 siblings of the late Mr. Jimmy Lee Sr. and Mrs. Viola Starling of St. Petersburg, FL. As a child, Janice was extremely active and loved school with her whole heart. She was a cheerleader and the apple of her dad’s eye who would escort her aroundContinue reading “Janice Laverne Starling-Williams Journey.”

Kidney Disease from the eyes of a companion.

I would like to thank the team at Kidney Trails for the opportunity to tell my story. This story is about being the husband of someone with Kidney Disease and not about KWM the story of KWM will come at another time. It all started about 17 years ago when my wife and I gotContinue reading “Kidney Disease from the eyes of a companion.”

To be a Kidney Donor

It was 1986, when my sister started dating her future husband, Rob, nobody would ever have imagined that in 22 years. Me, the “little sister” of his girlfriend, a 10 year old, fairly obnoxious child would have the opportunity to change his life. Their story is the classic high school sweetheart. Having 2 younger siblingsContinue reading “To be a Kidney Donor”

The Kidney Disease Rollercoaster

From a 20 year old Sports & Fitness Studies student, to kidney Failure, to becoming the “Fastest Sick Person in Europe”. Or, I could start with; healthy student, to dialysis patient, to transplant recipient, back to dialysis patient, to transplant recipient again, to husband and father, to… I love the goal of “…bringing real life experienceContinue reading “The Kidney Disease Rollercoaster”

Redesigning my Dialysis Treatment: By Thelma Desjarlis

 Three days after we had just moved into our newly purchased home, our seemingly normal life was about to be rattled by this unforgiving disease. We were so busy unpacking our things when all of a sudden, I felt funny, and a nagging pain in my head became so excruciating that I started vomiting endlessly.Continue reading “Redesigning my Dialysis Treatment: By Thelma Desjarlis”

Dialysis from the Inside (Part 1)

My name is Marco Antonio Santana and I was born in Paterson, New Jersey.  My large family spent only the first few years of my life there before moving to Massachusetts, where we have lived ever since.  My childhood was very normal and included all the typical bumps and bruises associated with having four siblings. Continue reading “Dialysis from the Inside (Part 1)”