Living with chronic kidney disease, I know first-hand the importance of educating the public about preventive and proactive ways people can reduce their risk of kidney failure. There are 26 million Americans suffering from kidney diseases, and it’s critical to remember that this disease can strike any time, and anyone can be afflicted. There’s no reason why untreated and uncontrolled high blood pressure and type II diabetes should lead to a lifetime of dialysis treatments. Tests to check blood glucose levels and blood pressure are essential steps in preventing kidney disease. For those with chronic kidney disease, like me, finding the right treatment option is vital. At my Satellite Dialysis Centers in Modesto, I have access to a great nurse, nephrologist, social worker and clinical technician. Dialysis is a major disruption in my life, but my treatment team is helping me to live a longer, healthier, rewarding life. Please use National Kidney Month as a reminder to get the appropriate tests to make sure you have healthy kidneys.
Kathy Smith, Ripon