Hello, my name is Gracie Castro 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 journey has included 18 years on dialysis including 2 years on peritoneal.
It was all new to me and overwhelming. I needed to take charge of my healthcare. It was up to me to take the right step and educate myself on this condition. I had many questions. I didn’t let the lack of knowledge rob me of a healthier me.
I was not going to isolate myself in a corner and wait for death to arrive. This would be a journey like no other and I would have to make the best of it. My faith in God gave me strength to carry me through this new way of living and created in me the will to live.
Kidney failure has its challenges but I still live a fulfilled life and I focus on the the things I can do and be energized in a different direction.
A positive attitude makes a difference and is a way of staying encouraged and living one day at a time with hope for tomorrow.
The Greek word for dialysis means, “separation” and so it is a separation to a new life.
I live in Bonita and I am willing to travel anywhere in San Diego County to provide mentoring support for those that want/need a mentor.
Language spoken is English and Spanish.