With the COVID-19 pandemic, kidney patients are more at risk now than ever before
I am from Newark, Delaware and am a registered nurse, an ordained minister, and I was an in-center hemodialysis patient since my kidney disease diagnosis in 2004 until I received a kidney transplant in the spring of 2012.
I was first diagnosed with Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) in August 2002 at the age of forty-two. Since 2002, I have spent a total of six years on either hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis. My sister Linda Woodson Igus gave me the Gift of Life when, without any notice, she announced to the family, “Tracy can have my kidney” and donated a kidney to me.
DID YOU KNOW?
81% of Patients
think improving care coordination is very important
18% of Patients
rarely or never receive help coordinating their care
have Chronic Kidney Disease
are on Dialysis or Living with a Kidney Transplant
90% of Adults
with Kidney Disease Who Don’t Know They Have It
Remains the Ninth Leading Cause of Death in the US
Kidney Care Matters is an initiative led by Dialysis Patient Citizens (DPC) to promote better kidney care through care coordination for people with End-Stage Renal Disease. Well-structured care coordination has the potential to provide a more focused, dedicated care management approach that would streamline care, improve health outcomes and reduce healthcare costs.
With more than 28,000 patient members, DPC is working to improve the quality of life for all dialysis patients through education and advocacy. We are a nationwide, non-profit, patient-led organization with membership open only to dialysis and pre-dialysis patients and their families. Our policies and our mission are guided solely by our membership.