Despite having been on staff at the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois for more than twelve years, or perhaps because of it, I am still deeply moved when I learn of people whose lives were changed after they came in contact with one of our programs or events.
Earlier this week, our nurse practitioner Nancy Lepain gave a talk to a group of medical assistant students. When she finished, she was approached by a woman who had been screened through our free KidneyMobile® program in September, 2012, almost a year and a half ago.
Recently the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois asked Lauren, how has kidney disease affected your life? Read below to learn more about Lauren, a motivated and dedicated fighter, and her sudden efforts to maintain good health.
Being adopted meant not knowing much about my family medical history. The only thing I knew growing up was that my biological mother and grandfather both had kidney disease. I knew I'd be tested for it, but as a child I never really understood what that would entail, and had the delusion as most kids do that it could never happen to me. Somehow I thought I would just get lucky and it would skip over me.
Through our partnership with Get Covered Illinois, the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois is proud to have 4 certified In-Person Counselors (IPCs) on staff who are trained and ready to help answer your Affordable Care Act questions and assist with insurance enrollment. Our IPCs are available by phone or email to address your questions and assist you in finding the health insurance that is right for you. Assistance in Spanish is also available.
We've launched a new initiative to put a face to kidney disease. We're asking people living with kidney disease, caregivers, dialysis patients, recipients, donors and more to participate in our new Story Sharing Project. Help give others hope by sharing your story and advice.