Kidney Disease

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My Kidneys Failed, And Yours Could Too

Kidney disease is sometimes referred to as a 'silent killer' because approximately 90 per cent of BC residents with early stage kidney disease show no symptoms. The two leading causes of kidney disease are high blood pressure and diabetes. The BC Renal Agency encourages you to take their free and easy online assessment to see your risk level. Early diagnosis can often slow or stop the progress of kidney disease.
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5 Ways To Help Patients Waiting For Organ Transplants

There are almost 600 people in BC waiting for a life-saving organ transplant, and almost 500 of those are waiting for a kidney. Sadly many of these patients will die waiting. Everyone can be a hero and do their part to help make a second chance possible for those waiting for a life-saving organ transplant. In the time it takes to get a coffee at your local café, here's 5 things you can do to help patients wiaiting for life-saving transplants.
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I Became An Organ Donor After Losing My Son To Kidney Disease

After months of re-scheduling cancelled appointments, my son David had now been on dialysis 12 hours a day, seven days a week for almost a year. After being told that another couple of weeks wouldn't make a difference for him, his transplant was moved yet again from May 11 to June 8. But another two weeks did make a difference for David; he suffered a stroke on June 5 and died on the very day I was to donate my kidney to him. But the story doesn't end there.
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I Became An Organ Donor After Losing My Son To Kidney Disease

After months of re-scheduling cancelled appointments, my son David had now been on dialysis 12 hours a day, seven days a week for almost a year. After being told that another couple of weeks wouldn't make a difference for him, his transplant was moved yet again from May 11 to June 8. But another two weeks did make a difference for David; he suffered a stroke on June 5 and died on the very day I was to donate my kidney to him. But the story doesn't end there.
Todd Hauptman

5 Reasons To Register Your Organ Donation Decision

At the age of 23, I got my life back. It was the day I received a kidney transplant. Now, I have the absolute joy of waking up every morning because I know that I get to live life and pursue my dreams, my bucket list. This was made possible only because of a dear friend, Tanya Tait., who gave me the best gift ever -- a new kidney.
Cheri Barton

At 47 I May Look Pregnant, But I'm Living With Kidney Disease

I'm 47 years old and people are still asking me if I am pregnant. But I have the dominant form of polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD) and polycystic liver disease (PLD), causing my kidneys and liver to develop multiple fluid-filled cysts. ADPKD is one of the most common life-threatening genetic diseases, affecting approximately one in 500 people. Living with this disease has been a roller-coaster journey full of disappointing news and challenges, but also opportunities and evaluating the most important things in life.