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May 29, 2008

NKF Kidney Walk is here

It’s that time of year again! The National Kidney Foundation’s (NKF) Kidney Walk is here. The Kidney Walk is a fun, active way for people with chronic kidney disease, family members, transplant recipients, donors, donor families, friends, doctors, nurses and anyone who is interested to help raise money and awareness for kidney and urinary tract diseases. Walks will be held all over the country from now until early November. Signing up is easy and can be done online. So, if you’re interested, grab your walking shoes and get moving for kidney disease! 

Learn more about the NKF’s Kidney Walk or find a walk near you!

May 9, 2008

New Treatment Evaluator makes decisions easier

Ask anyone who knows me, and they’ll tell you I’m horrible at making decisions. Whether I’m deciding on a new breakfast cereal or a new car, decisions have never come easy to me so I can only imagine how hard it would be to decide on something as monumental as a dialysis treatment!

If you’re having trouble deciding which dialysis treatment is right for you, DaVita has developed a tool that can help. The Treatment Evaluator is a tool designed to help you figure out which dialysis treatment best fits your lifestyle. The evaluator tool asks you 18 questions about your lifestyle and suggests some modalities that may be right for you.

Try out the Treatment Evaluator today!

April 29, 2008

71-year-old donates kidney

Britain’s Bill Armstrong, 71, is proving that you’re never too old to consider donating a kidney. When his wife’s kidneys were damaged from years of taking antidepressants, Bill realized he could help her by donating one of his kidneys. Testing found that he was a good match, and six months later, the operation took place.

Read the full news story.

April 24, 2008

Home dialysis newsletter

The April issue of The Home Dialysis Newsletter went out on Tuesday packed full of useful information for people on home dialysis. This month’s issue features articles about your dialysis lab work and your dialysis choices, as well as useful news and updates about home dialysis. This month’s featured care team member is Nathan Fay, a fun-loving member of the DaVita White Oak at Home team, and this month’s patient story is about David Rosenbloom, a smart and savvy home hemodialysis patient.

If these stories sound interesting to you, sign up now for The Home Dialysis Newsletter and never miss out on another issue! Delivered directly to your email inbox, The Home Dialysis Newsletter is an easy way to stay on top of all the home dialysis news.

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March 27, 2008

Home dialysis education has a new home dialysis education section specifically for articles about home dialysis. You can find the new section at The new education section features articles on home dialysis basics, peritoneal dialysis and home hemodialysis. Learn about everything from why peritoneal dialysis patients require more protein to how to best care for your vascular access. is now your one-stop-shop for everything home dialysis!

Visit DaVita’s home dialysis education section today.

March 18, 2008

New and improved

Some of you may have noticed that DaVita’s home dialysis website got a make-over. That’s because DaVita’s home dialysis services are now being housed on the larger website.  The new and improved  has everything you need to learn more about home dialysis. 

Visit for:

Patient stories
Home dialysis locations
Information on treatment options
Answers to frequently asked questions
Educational videos
And more!

 Visit today.

February 25, 2008

PD not just for the young, but young at heart

Don Wagstaff of McKinney, TX, is 80 years old. When he found out his kidneys were failing, he chose to do peritoneal dialysis (PD) because he didn’t want to go to a dialysis center three times a week. He currently does PD for 8 to 10 hours a night using a cycler, and he enjoys the freedom it gives him during his day.

“We go out to lunch. We go out to dinner,” Don’s wife, Sue, said. “He can do the normal activities, vacuum, mow the yard.”

I say, if you ladies can find a man who vacuums and mows the yard, you’ve found a keeper! I also say that if Don can learn to do PD at the age of 80, it’s worth a try at any age!

Read Don’s story.

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