Hello, my name is Juan Arteaga 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
I was first diagnosed with ESRD in July 1994, and specifically with genetic FSGS (Focal Segmental Glomeruli Sclerosis) in October of 1998. I had apparently inherited my light colored eyes, my love for the arts, and this kidney ailment from my mother who had been diagnosed with ESRD in 1967 and who had survived for 26 years on hemodialysis. I was placed on the National Kidney Transplant Registry List on March 19,1999.
I had started my own personal journey with Peritoneal Dialysis in December 2000 until April of 2001. After only two and a half years on the kidney transplant registry list, I received my life changing six out of six antigen matched kidney transplant from a cadaver donor on April 18, 2001. Since that day, I have been blessed with great kidney function, and a much better quality of life. Thanks to God, I have continued to thrive with an excellent quality of life. Resilience is a characteristic that one can develop only after going through one’s obstacles. Life can still be remarkable and rewarding no matter what challenges come one’s way.
One must NEVER give up hope! Being diagnosed with ESRD is NOT a death sentence. It is just a new challenge on this journey we call life, and we don’t have to face this part of the journey alone.
I live in the Eastlake Neighborhood of Chula Vista and I am willing to travel throughout San Diego to provide mentoring support for those that want/need a mentor.
Language spoken is primarily English, pero puedo defenderme bastante bien en Espanol.