Why Being on Dialysis Might Surprise You

Why Being on Dialysis Might Surprise You

My kidneys can no longer clean the toxins from my blood.  I now rely on a machine to do the work my kidneys no longer can. Thanks to research that began around the time of World War II, there is a treatment called Dialysis. It has saved my life, and the lives of...
What is Chronic Inflammation Really?

What is Chronic Inflammation Really?

My introduction to chronic inflammation was rather sudden. For about a month, I had been extremely fatigued. When I started having chest pains, my GP told me to go to the emergency room. While in the emergency room, the attending physician surveyed all the patients,...
A Few Small Repairs

A Few Small Repairs

New home in suburbs. Check. Kid in good school. Check. Pilates business taking off. Check. Kidneys decide to go on strike. Check. …Wait a minute. That is NOT the plan! I am a doer. Maybe that’s because I’m a Midwesterner and I have a reputation to uphold. When I’m not...
How an Orangutan Saved my Summer Vacation

How an Orangutan Saved my Summer Vacation

We had not been on a real, non-working vacation since forever. We had to take our fourteen year-old son somewhere, anywhere, before it was too late. I wanted him to share the experience I had as a child of climbing in an over packed car and driving for days....
What Happens When You Practice Gratitude

What Happens When You Practice Gratitude

There is no better time to tap into your gratitude than when you’re sitting in the dialysis chair. When I first started dialysis, I noticed that there were two distinct groups of people: grumpy people and sparkly people. The grumpy people were always complaining....