CareZone | Member Stories: Living with End-Stage Renal Disease

“There were many times when I could have asked ‘why me?’ throughout the years, but I didn’t because it doesn’t change my condition. You accept what is and move forward. Live life as if it’s your last day because there are people out there that have it far worse than you.”


Laura is in her early fifties and has end-stage renal disease (ESRD), the last stage of chronic kidney disease. She lost her kidneys to strep when she was 17 and during her life, she had three kidney transplants. Currently, she has four kidneys that don’t function properly. Here’s what Laura shared about living with her disease:

What is the most challenging part of managing your condition?

I have to watch my fluid intake and make sure I eat enough protein.

What advice would you give to someone who was recently diagnosed with renal disease?

Listen to what your body is telling you. You know when something isn’t right so that helps your doctor manage your disease better.

How do you de-stress?

I play games on my phone. I also enjoy knitting, drawing, watching English football, and walking my two basset hounds.

What’s your superpower?

Laughing! Because if I didn’t laugh then I’d cry, and crying gives you wrinkles.

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Posted March 14, 2017 by Therese Pope