Hello, my name is Esteban and I am one of the Mentors with the ReMend Program for End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Patients in the San Diego county area.
Kidney Patient Experience:
In April 1996, I was 24 years old when I was diagnosed with kidney disease. The doctor told me my kidneys hadn’t developed, and they didn’t grow. I got a catheter right on my heart so I could get hemodialysis; I had it for 8 months. In November 26, 1996 my oldest sister donated one of her kidneys to me. My life changed and everything was almost back to normal. 8 years after getting my kidney transplant, on September 16, 2003 I had to get hemodialysis again because my body rejected the kidney. From that day until 2009 I was on hemodialysis. One day Dr. Miller talked to me about Peritoneal Dialysis (PD); she said that was a good option for me because of my physical condition. After a month of thinking about it, I decided to change to peritoneal dialysis. I am 43 years old, and my life style has been so much better! I am able to do things during the day, and I do my treatment during the night. 7 days a week. Now I am able to eat more things without worrying about it.
“My goal is to help and guide patients to having a better quality of life because I know it’s possible.”
I live in El Cajon. I will travel anywhere in San Diego county to provide any mentoring support.
I speak English and Spanish.