Transplant Chronicles Summer 2010


You Must Be Present to Win



By Gigi Spicer, RN Director, Kidney Transplant Service, Henrico Doctors' Hospital, Richmond, VA

Many conditions that in the past had no treatment can be successfully controlled through a specific treatment plan. A healthcare provider with more than 40 years of experience explains why it's imperative to follow your treatment recommendations to achieve the maximum benefits of transplantation.


Listen To Your Body


Chris L. Wells, PhD, PT, CCS, ATC

How hard should you push yourself? Are you getting the most from your exercise program? While your body is recovering, learn how to monitor yourself to safely complete various activities and exercise on your own.



Make Your Voice Heard

Join the National Kidney Foundation People Like Us Take Action Network and learn how to become an effective advocate. Learn more





It's Coming: A National Kidney Paired Donation Program


By Jack Fassnacht, J.D.

It's not always easy for a kidney patient in need of a transplant to find a compatible living donor. One way around this problem is to find another incompatible recipient-donor pair where the donor in each pair is compatible with the recipient in the other pair. This type of cross matching is often called kidney paired donation or KPD.




The National Kidney Foundation congratulates all the athletes participating in the NKF US Transplant Games, and salutes the donor families and living donors. A special thanks to the sponsors: Novartis, Bristol-Myers Squib, Pfizer, Astellas, National Council of Corvette Clubs, Genentech, Greater Madison Convention and Visitors Bureau, UW Health, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, Froerdtert Hospital, Aurora Health Care, National Kidney Foundation of Wisconsin, and American Family Insurance.





Medication Matters


Lara Tushla, LCSW

One change that has been affecting transplant patients is the availability of generic versions of two anti-rejection medications—CellCept® and Prograf®. Whether generic medications are an option for you is a conversation you need to have with your transplant team. Click here for important information on these changes.



Three Wonderful Women

By Josh Goldberg, Teen Editor

When Josh Goldberg graduated from high school, he was overjoyed to share this milestone with the three most important women in his life, including his mother who has had two kidney transplants, and his cousin who was one of her donors. Read Josh's moving story here.



NKF 60thDonate to the NKF's 60th anniversary fund campaign now, or better yet, become a volunteer fundraiser today.





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