2020 AND KIDNEY VOTERS – AAKP MEMBERS FLEX GROWING MUSCLE

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By Paul T. Conway, AAKP Board of Director, Chair, Policy & Global Affairs It has been nearly two years since AAKP began experimenting with voter registration efforts among our patient base and a wide community of patient families, friends and allied medical professionals, including social workers, medical professionals and researchers.
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Patient Profile: Gabriella Nelson & Angela Clayton

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By Deborah Pelaez, AAKP Marketing and Communications Manager Gabriella Nelson is a healthy 3-year-old, happy and full of life. If you met her, you would never know by looking at her all that she has been through. You would never guess this beautiful young girl has a kidney transplant! Gabriella was diagnosed with Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) at 17 months old. On December 1, 2017, when Gabriella was 16 months old, her mother, Angela Clayton, took Gabriella to the doctor because she was concerned that she may have allergies.
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THE DECADE OF THE KIDNEY™ – WILL YOU ANSWER THE CALL?

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By Edward V. Hickey III, AAKP Board of Director, Secretary and Chair of Veterans Health Initiative, and Paul T. Conway, AAKP Board of Director, Chair, Policy & Global Affairs It is not every day that you, as a patient advocate, are asked to make and engage in a 10 year commitment – but today is the day!
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AAKP Policy Focus: Top Legislative Issues Impacting Your Life

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By Kent Bressler, AAKP Board of Director AAKP Policy Focus: Top Legislative Issues Impacting Your Life By Kent Bressler, AAKP Board of Director On July 10, President Trump signed an executive order (https://www. whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/ executive-order-advancing-americankidney-health/) that is seen as the first meaningful progress in elevating the national profile of kidney disease and shining a spotlight on the millions of Americans affected by this chronic condition.  The Executive Order has four goals: 1) Prevention and early detection of kidney disease, 2)
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Nutrition Article: Quenching your thirst for the “good life ”

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By Michelle McIlnay, MS, RDN, LD Summer is here; the birds are chirping, the flowers are blooming, and the temperature is rising. My family and I love living the “good life” in the Texas Hill Country. We stay busy in the summer with hiking, grilling out with friends and tubing down the river. As the thermometer climbs, we often find ourselves reaching for a cold drink to cool off our bodies, when in fact there are better ways to cool off. Staying cool while limiting your fluids is especially difficult when you are living with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD).
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A Connection You Should Know About – Heart and Kidney Disease

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By Tricia Haydon It is challenging enough having chronic kidney disease (CKD), however include the all-too common co-morbidities that coincide with kidney disease and there is a lot to manage! One of the common health problems that go along with kidney disease is heart disease. This can come in various forms, however sometimes the heart disease needs specific treatments either through different types of imaging or potentially more invasive procedures. It is important for people with kidney and heart disease to be mindful of how any treatment may affect their kidney function.
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PROFESSIONAL PROFILE: Doris Harrison, RN CKD/Transplant Specialist

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By: Doris Harrison, RN CKD/Transplant Specialist Approximately 14 years ago, I began my career in the medical field working within a kidney transplant clinic as a medical assistant. At first, I was not sure if this was where I would stay, I was hoping to work in the hospital with newborn babies, but God had another plan for me. I love working in the medical field and helping patients is very rewarding. At the kidney transplant center, I was able to see firsthand how organ donation changed their lives and how grateful and loving these patients are for another chance at life.
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AAKP 2019 National Patient Meeting – Meet the Planning Committee: Renee Bova-Collis

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By Trevor Wymer, AAKP Communications Intern Renee Bova-Collis has worked in the field of kidney disease since 1993. As the Patient Services Director at Quality Insights Renal Network 5, Renee is a Social Worker who directly talks to patients offering resources and assistance. Renee was on the AAKP Board of Directors from 2006-2013. She took a leave from her leadership activities with AAKP for a few years in order to care for her mother. This year’s AAKP National Patient Meeting will be her first since 2013. Renee hopes to see old and new faces at the meeting this fall.
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AAKP Innovator Series: AstraZeneca, Kerry Cooper, Vice President, U.S. Medical Affairs, Renal Cardio

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AstraZeneca is a global, science-led biopharmaceutical company that focuses on the discovery, development and commercialization of prescription medicines, primarily for the treatment of diseases in three therapy areas - Oncology; Cardiovascular, Renal & Metabolism; and Respiratory. AstraZeneca operates in over 100 countries and its innovative medicines are used by millions of patients worldwide. Cardiovascular, renal and metabolism together form one of AstraZeneca’s main therapy areas.

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PATIENT PROFILE: A Preemptive Kidney Transplant

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By Suzanne Ruff, Living Donor, AAKP Board of Directors, Author What is a preemptive kidney transplant? Let’s examine the word: preempt and its adjective: preemptive. The Oxford dictionary defines preempt as a noun, with the definition: 1. a. forestall b. acquire or appropriate in advance. 2. to prevent (an attack) by disabling the enemy. The adjective, preemptive, defines it perfectly: taking action against the enemy. In the case of a preemptive kidney transplant, the enemy is kidney disease.
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