Patient Story – Jean Louis Clemendot

The patient story below that ReMend is able to host on our website from AAKP provides a strong example of how home dialysis, whether it be Peritoneal or Hemo can change one’s life by offering flexibility for the patient and a greatly improved quality of life. Many of our ReMend Mentor’s have experienced the mini-miracle as described by this patient. They are more than willing to share their “like” experience on home dialysis for those patients that are interested in learning and understanding more about home dialysis. Home dialysis may not be for everyone, but you never know until you check it out.

Jean Louis Clemendot

I’ve loved being on the high seas for as long as I can remember. And thanks to organizations like AAKP, I’ve been able to sail half-way around the world. In 2009, doctors told me I had kidney failure. In my mind, that meant I would be land-bound and required to visit a dialysis center three-days a week. But I began to read more about my dialysis options. The AAKP website, www.aakp.org, and a nurse at the dialysis center were great sources of information. In-center hemodialysis would require me to go to a dialysis center. Peritoneal dialysis (PD) would give me more freedom – freedom to possibly one day set sail again. I chose PD. Months after starting Peritoneal Dialysis, my life long dream came true! I found myself in the wide open sea with nothing around me for miles but the dark blue waters. Months after starting PD, my life long dream came true. I found myself in the wide open sea with nothing around me for miles but the dark blue waters. Dreams do come true, but you have to want it and believe you can do it. I am not letting kidney disease slow me down. My hope is that fellow kidney patients will follow their dream before too much time sails away.