"The last thing anyone expects in life is to receive a transplant. I joined ReMend to help those in ESRD have a better understanding of what to expect during the dialysis and transplant processes from a patient’s point of view."
"Family, friends, my faith in God, and the utmost dedication from the endless support from my medical team inspired me that this second chance in life is worth all the effort to fight for it."
"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."
"I created a bucket list of 20 items while in the hospital getting my transplant. I'm proud to say that eight months later I completed an item on my list – I climbed Mt. Whitney! "
"My goal is to help and guide patients to having a better quality of life because I know it's possible."
"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."
"Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact."
"I can't describe how great it feels to know you've helped add years to someone's life. If I went back in time I would absolutely donate again, without hesitation."
"I wanted to make a difference in someone’s life, to give them back the time dialysis takes away from having a fuller and more active life."
"Life is a gift - that's why today is the PRESENT"
“It was during this time that I realized how much support I would need from my family, friends, and my medical team. I knew that I would need to make a lifelong commitment to take charge of my health.”
"Knowing that I had this disease at an early age helped me prolong the end stage thru diet and treating some of the side effects like high blood pressure aggressively."
Amado Rodriguez Jr
"There is life after dialysis!"
"Being a patient has never been easy, but I choose to be optimistic and live life to its fullest no matter what obstacles are in the way."
"It's been nearly 11 years since my transplant and I'm excited to be a part of ReMend to share my story and hopefully help people who are in the same situation."
"I seek enjoyment in each and every day because every day is always a new adventure."
"Live life to the fullest, enjoy every moment of it as ESRD should not be an impediment."
"To me is a honor to be a donor"
"Onward and Upward"
"My strong positive attitude, desire to have a good quality of life and support from my wife and my medical team helped me"
"I am always willing to help others who are ESRD patients as well as there family and friends with information maybe with what I've experienced or even give them word's of encouragement to maintain HOPE that one day we will be treated with a Kidney."