SURVIVORS

 JUSTIN CLAY In 2001, two weeks after earning a degree from Morehouse College, Justin was diagnosed with renal failure. There were over 20 surgical procedures between the onset of the disease and the time he received his transplant. After nearly two years of kidney disease, Justin received a kidney from his only sister who miraculously had his same blood type. Justin founded the Renality Foundation for Kidney Disease in 2004 and completed the documentary entitled, “Kidney Disease Awareness Documentary” ; straight from the hearts of the kidney community, the documentary provides awareness and provides valuable stories and advice to those affected by kidney disease.

CYRELLE GEORGE A West Indian Geechee and the proud mother of one amazing son Bryce. This kidney disease warrior was diagnosed with End Stage Renal Disease in April 2017. Life can change in a single instant, at the most unexpected time.  One second you have a list of concerns and challenges and plans to deal with. The next second that all seems trivial and God is laying down a challenge; a challenge you never saw coming. But by faith this very challenge has become a pillar to glorify God. Determined to use even kidney disease as a platform to bless others, Cyrelle speaks with others to help educate those dealing with this disease and works to help others avoid CKD through simple dietary changes.

ANTHONY WILLIAMS Anthony T. Williams born in Yonkers N.Y.  in 1967.   I was diagnosed with kidney disease in 1996 and went on dialysis 2003. During these 15 years with this disease, I have had to face several life threating medical conditions.  The only thing I could do is hold on to the love I have for my 6 year old daughter NJuri  Williams and that gives me a reason to survive this journey not as a victim but a Victor.

DELORIS WILLIAMS In January 5, 2015, I was rushed to the hospital with difficulty breathing. After many test, they found that my kidneys were shutting down and I was told that I was dying. That next morning, my doctor came into the room smiling saying there were signs showing that my kidneys were functioning a little better but I would have to prepare for dialysis. On September 15, 2015, I started dialysis treatment. For the next 8 months, I endured one surgery after another. I hated it because it took over my life. I prayed to be healed from this disease, but have now found peace because without dialysis I would not be alive.  I thank God for the understanding of my diseases and the patience.  God carrying me makes this a much easier journey I am travelling on. I am a kidney survivor.
 

RONNIE KENYATTA I was diagnosed with Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) in 2002. Untreated, it can lead to kidney failure and I started dialysis in 2016. I received my kidney from Liam Pelot, a lifelong friend, on July 18, 2017. Since my kidney transplant I feel like a new person. I have no more daily nausea, no headaches. No more constant fatigue and swelling. During dialysis I had 12 surgical procedures. I’m so much better today that I feel like those procedures never took place. For me, proper nutrition was the key during dialysis and today. I wasn’t on any medications during dialysis and I’m taking a small amount of medications now post- transplant.

ANDREW WILLIAMS In November 2016, Andrew’s ER visit regarding severe back pain ended with a diagnosis of End Stage Renal Disease, Diabetes and HIV all in the same week. He was in pure shock as the warning signs were silent because Andrew appeared healthy. He chose to live and began advocating for himself and then for others who found themselves battling for their lives as well.  In July 2017, his kidney function was returning and he was taken off of dialysis.His Hiv status is also undetectable and his diabetes A1C is in the normal range. Andrew gives all the honor and the Glory to God who he gave his life to as a result of his near death experience and is thankful to all those that walked and continue to walk with him on this journey.

KEISHA EDITH CONTEH, was born January of 1975 in Worcester, MA. She has been married for 16 years and is the mother of 3 wonderful children. Diagnosed with Lupus 20 years ago, then in 2013 she was diagnosed with Kidney Nephritis.  Soon there after Keisha had a stroke, but was blessed to have no permanent damage. In August 2017, Keisha was told that she would need to start dialysis, but something inside of her would not allow her to believe that it was time, yet again God showed up and baffled doctors with test results that seemed impossible. Keisha truly believes that her faith in God has sustained her over the years.  She continues to tell her doctors , she is not like other patients, so don't expect the ordinary, Keisha is truly a survivor!
         

 

AMAZING STORIES OF WOMEN AND MEN SURVIVING THE JOURNEY
 

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