Hello, my name is Paul Dinich 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
When I was 15, I was diagnosed with Lupus and a biopsy showed that my kidneys were affected. The treatment at the time was the chemotherapy drug, Cytoxan. After two years of treatment, my disease went into remission and I was put on prednisone and IMURAN (which later was replaced with CellCept). Unfortunately, my disease came out of remission when I was 30 as I was finishing up graduate school. I can remember how scared I was when my doctor told me my kidney function was diminishing quickly and that I would need dialysis.
I started hemodialysis with a catheter and quickly had a fistula put in. Unfortunately, because my disease makes me more prone to blood clots, my fistula clotted and I had to have a graft put in. My dialysis regimen was three times a week for four hours. On September 5, 2012, after almost a year of dialysis, I received a successful kidney transplant at Sharp Memorial Hospital. Today, I have been blessed with great kidney function and my donor is doing very well.
“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.”
I live in Downtown San Diego 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.