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“Patient As Provider” – Barry Smith Symposium . . .

I was fortunate enough to be asked to be a speaker and panelist in the Barry Smith Symposium at Queen’s University a few weeks ago. It was an amazing experience. This is the second annual symposium, named about one of … Continue reading

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Hashtag #wearenotwaiting . . .

Saw this hashtag maybe a month ago and was elated. It was being used by patients like me. Although I did not see this as giving me permission to advocate at a new level, I certainly felt good to know … Continue reading

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Open Letter to my Diseases . . .

Dear Kidney Disease, Heart Disease, Hypertension, Anemia and friends . . . We’re cool, ultimately. Not because I am happy to live with you all but because I had to make peace with you, since we met (in my teenage … Continue reading

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What is PsychoNephrology? Interview with Kidney MD . . .

Had the opportunity to meet a kidney doctor, named Dr. Gavril Hercz. He is a staff nephrologist at Humber River Hospital. An Associate Professor at the University of Toronto. And a member of the Canadian Psychoanalytic Society. He’s part of a … Continue reading

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Home Dialysis Machine/System Transition: Part 3

NxStage ARRIVES!! A few days before I did my first dialysis treatment at home, my machine arrived. March 23rd. This was something I had been dreaming about for a long time. (I have known about and wanted to try NxStage … Continue reading

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Approaching the Next Stage: Living with Kidney Failure and Dialysis . . .

Right now I’m at home on my dialysis machine. This is pretty typical for me, as I have done home hemodialysis for the last few years, but . . . this may be my last time on this particular machine. … Continue reading

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