NEWS: School Bus Driver and PD Patient Gets Kidney Transplant

It’s no secret that dialysis patients who continue to work while on dialysis are two times more likely to get a kidney transplant(1), and the story of former DaVita patient Stephanie Carson is a great example. I’m happy to be able to share this coverage of Stephanie’s transplant with all of you and hope to see more news like it moving forward.

The Daytona Beach News-Journal
South Daytona mom thankful for health, daughter’s kidney donation

My FOX Orlando
Daughter gives mother a kidney
FOX 35 News Orlando

Our patients are a part of a fragile population and this kind of news plants seeds of hope and determination that many of them need in order to maintain their jobs and make it through the rehabilitation process of dealing with kidney disease. However, I’d be remiss not to mention the other side of this topic. Please keep in mind that there are many medical reasons why people do not work and those same reasons can keep these individuals off the transplant list.

Have you seen any stories lately that you’d like to share? Paste the link below and this blog post can serve as a wall of reminders about the benefits of staying employed during dialysis.

  1. Source: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/ctr.12177/abstract
NEWS: School Bus Driver and PD Patient Gets Kidney Transplant
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2 Responses to NEWS: School Bus Driver and PD Patient Gets Kidney Transplant

  1. Melody Sienkowski says:

    As a former DaVita patient that worked full time while on dialysis, I can relate to this story. Continuing to work while on dialysis required me to take ownership of my health, which I truly believe helped me both mentally and physically to get through my years on dialysis. It is very important for dialysis patients to advocate for themselves and to follow their doctor’s recommendations, as well as the diet-fluid restrictions. In doing so, I felt better and did not have many additional health issues and was able to continue working and doing the things I enjoyed.

    • Robert Provenzano, MD says:

      “Continuing to work while on dialysis required me to take ownership of my health, which I truly believe helped me both mentally and physically to get through my years on dialysis.” That is a power statement, Melody. It’s also one that I think others can benefist from hearing. Thanks for sharing.

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