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Polycystic Kidney Disease: A Personal Journey (Free Talk)

  • Date: Sunday, January 20, 2013
  • Time: From 2pm to 4pm
  • Location: St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton, Juravinski Tower, Classroom B
  • Address: 50 Charlton Avenue East (Google Maps)
  • Contact: Hamilton Chapter Coordinator
  • Email: hamiltonchapter@endpkd.ca
  • Phone: 1-877-410-1741

Polycystic Kidney Disease patient, Lori, believes living a healthy life is important and by telling her personal story she hopes other chronic kidney disease patients will learn some helpful hints for living well.

Lori is one of the estimated 66,000 Canadians affected by Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD), a hereditary disorder characterized by fluid-filled cysts on the kidneys, and she is sharing her personal journey on January 20 to encourage others living with chronic kidney disease to live the best life they can.

"At the age of 19, I was shocked to be diagnosed with an inherited kidney disease," said Lori, a PKD Foundation of Canada member. "Because I was adopted, I'd been unaware of my genetic medical history."

In 2010, Lori came close to dying from end-stage renal failure. Today, Lori undergoes regular dialysis treatments and is on the waiting list for a kidney transplant.

Free informational support meetings for PKD patients, their families and friends, are hosted by the Hamilton Chapter of the PKD Foundation of Canada six times a year. Free street parking and paid on-site parking is available.

More information is available on the PKD Foundation of Canada website.


Posted by Hamchap

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