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National Kidney Month Recap

March is National Kidney Month, and this year the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois urged all Illinoisans to give their kidneys some attention with a well-deserved check-up. Check out our video below of our live press event held on World Kidney Day: March 13, 2014 at the John H. Stroger, Jr. Hopsital of Cook County.

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Mark your calenders now to join us next March, and check back here for more details as we get closer!

CEO Corner: Change Your Life for the Better

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.

Click here to read the rest of Anne's letter

Lauren's Story: "All of a sudden, I am 27, in the hospital, dying, when I was literally at the top of a mountain not a month before."

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.

Click here to read the rest of Lauren's story.

Questions about Health Insurance?

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.

Click here for more information.

Share Your Story

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. 

Stories will be featured on our website, on our Facebook or Twitter pages and even in marketing materials.  Share your story now!