Hello, my name is Charmaine Griffith and I am one of the Mentors with the ReMend Mentoring Program for End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) patients in the San Diego County area.
KIDNEY PATIENT EXPERIENCE
My ESRD started from reflux and misdiagnosis from my pediatrician. It went on for 10 years before if was caught when I was 12 from me falling over in pain at the pediatricians office. Within a week I was in having surgery to fix my ureters. My life was pretty normal for 13 years, including having two children, until I was 35. I was in denial about how sick I was and finally started on dialysis May 31, 1996. My life changed forever!
I was on hemodialysis the first time for 7 months before a cadaver donor became available on January 7, 1997. The first transplant wasn’t the best match and lasted almost 3 years. I went back on hemodialysis December 31, 1999 for a few months until I moved to peritoneal dialysis. I remained on PD for 3.5 years when a second kidney became available and this was a perfect match! Hemodialysis was tough for me: Tough to follow the diet, liquid restrictions, etc. I am grateful for the option of PD and especially for the option of transplantation!
Living life to the fullest does not have to end because of ESRD. It is up to you to make the most of your situation.
I live in Murrieta and I am willing to travel anywhere to provide mentoring support for those that want/need a mentor.
Language spoken is English.