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  • Chris Schroeder

    When Chris Schroeder's Kidneys Failed, His Family Stepped Forward

    Chris Schroeder has been extraordinarily unlucky — and extraordinarily lucky. The 58-year-old Walnut Creek, Calif., resident grew up in a family where the specter of polycystic kidney disease, a disorder in which cysts form on the kidneys and eventually stop them from functioning, loomed large. His mother had a kidney transplant in her late 60s, and her father died of hereditary disease at the age of 56. So, from a young age, Schroeder was on the lookout for signs that he too would face similar challenges. Chris Schroeder with his wife and son By the time he was in his early 40s, his[...]
    Story Tags: Kidney TransplantLiving Donor Kidney TransplantPeritoneal DialysisPolycystic Kidney Disease
  • Alyssa Welch

    A Story of Hope and Survival

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     Alyssa flanked by mother Kim and older sister My name is Kim Welch, and my daughter Alyssa’s story is one of hope and survival. She was born 15 years ago with autosomal recessive polycystic kidney disease (ARPKD). ARPKD causes severe damage to both your kidney and liver. Alyssa was two and a half years old when she had her first kidney transplant. Ten days after her successful kidney transplant, unrelated to her congenital disease, Alyssa was diagnosed with eye cancer. Her left eye was surgically removed and replaced with an artificial one. Time marched on and so did Alyssa’s[...]
    Story Tags: Kidney TransplantPolycystic Kidney Disease
  • Sheila FitzPatrick

    Due Diligence Pays Off

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    An international attorney specializing in data privacy and employment law, Sheila FitzPatrick spent three weeks of every month hopscotching the globe. Curious and passionate, she nurtured a worldwide network of friends who became her second family. A self-described "super-active" person, she loved heart-pounding 2-mile swims in the morning and long, leisurely walks around the great cities of Europe. She approached staying healthy with the same drive. Regular checkups never revealed the slightest hint of kidney disease. But in 2008, her[...]
    Story Tags: DialysisEnd-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD)Kidney Transplant
  • Jim Hom

    Wanderlust Continues After Kidney Transplant

    Jim Hom is an avid traveler, who would rather be exploring remote parts of the world than sitting on a couch. So, when Hom learned that he had diabetes in his early 40s, he knew he had to make some immediate life changes. He started exercising more and watching his blood sugar by limiting his carbohydrate intake. While vacationing with his family in Maui in 2001, Hom broke out in a rash. He felt tired and weak. A local doctor diagnosed him with shingles and suspected that his kidneys weren't functioning properly. When Hom returned to[...]
    Story Tags: DialysisKidney Transplant
  • Simone Chou

    When Her Kidneys Failed, a Friend Made an Unusual Offer

    It's often said that the friends you make in college are the friends you keep for life. In the case of 34-year-old Simone Chou, a friend she made in college helped save her life. In her last year at UC Berkeley, where she was getting a bachelor's degree in nutrition, Chou learned that she had lupus. In lupus, the body's immune system turns against itself, sending antibodies — the body's defenders against viruses, bacteria, and other foreign invaders — to battle against its own tissues. In Chou's case, her immune system was[...]
    Story Tags: Kidney TransplantPeritoneal Dialysis
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