The Kidney Foundation, Southern Alberta Branch, wants to remind Albertans that registering is one step in making your intent to donate your organs and tissues known. However, even with signing the back of your Alberta Health Card, your family/next-of-kin will be asked for consent in the event of your Click here to read more.
Did you know that an estimated 2.6 million Canadians have kidney disease, or are at risk? Each day, an average of 16 people are told that their kidneys have failed. Diabetes and high blood pressure are two of the main causes of kidney disease, but there are many other reasons. Check out The Kidney Foundation’s “Kidney Disease: Am I at Risk?” booklet to learn all about what your kidneys do, what puts you at higher risk for developing kidney disease, what the symptoms of kidney disease are, and what you can do to protect your kidneys. To get your free booklet click here!
By Jamie Komarnicki, Calgary Herald
When Kyshon Jack went for a doctor checkup roughly two years ago, he thought little of the nervous tick that shook his legs from time to time.
But routine blood work delivered some alarming news: the occasional shaking in his legs was actually a sign of kidney failure. By the time the ailment was discovered in January 2010, the Calgary retail manager was in “dire straights” with just eight per cent kidney function remaining.
Within weeks, Jack was on dialysis.
Earl had to go.
While waiting for an appointment with her transplant co-ordinator last year, Jody Horvath took the unusual tack of naming her kidneys Earl and Pearl.
“A friend and I were texting each other when she suggested I give them names,” the vivacious 24-year-old says with a laugh. So, in homage to that Dixie Chicks song of a few years back, she named one Earl and the other Pearl, knowing that by year’s end, Earl would be long gone.
“I don’t know why I named them, just something to do,” she adds. Click here to read more.
August 2nd, 2011 By: Kelsey Hipkin, Cochrane Eagle
Particia Wylie is ready to put another 100 kilometres on her walking shoes.
For the second time in as many years, the 64-year old Cochrane woman will walk 100 kilometers in three days for the second annual Kidney best medicine for herpes March Sepember 9-11. Read On….
Breanna Elliotson, a member of the Kidney March Facebook community speaks to receiving the gift of life from an incredibly generous neighbor in this moving video…