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Daniel Tapia

Hi, my name is Daniel Tapia and I’m here as part of this great mentor program for people that live with ESRD and are contemplating kidney transplant and beyond.


I knew something wasn’t right since a physical  I took in 1998, too much protein in the urine… like a good Mexican I ignored it because you know that’s what we do. Is better to ignore it than to face it head on.
In 2003 I had a biopsy done and it turned out to be Focal Segmental Glomeruli Sclerosis. The Doctor told me: it’s too late for treatment now we just have to wait for your kidneys to totally fail to put you on dialysis… fast-forward 8 years and my creatinine was at 14.20 and my kidney’s were function at less than 2%. I spent 3 months on hemodialysis, I didn’t like that at all, and I spent 2 and a half years on P.D. I was placed on the transplant list and luckily I had family members willing to  donate. My brother was almost a perfect match with allowed me to go through the transplant process and here I am!

“Life is a gift, that’s why today is a “present”  – (Everything is better with laughter).”


I live in Chula vista but I can travel anywhere in SD county.


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