I feel honored to be included among the DPC Board of Directors. Three years ago, this is not something I would have ever anticipated. I went on vacation in the Spring of 2008 thinking I had the flu and ended up hospitalized with kidney failure. Since then I have been an in-center hemodialysis patient, while working towards a kidney transplant (which has been an interesting journey in itself), and continuing to work full-time as a Business Continuity manager in the Kansas City, Missouri, area. As a result of my professional background, I am always interested in emergency preparedness as it relates to dialysis patients and others with special medical needs.
Two things that have been key to my success on this journey are becoming educated about my situation and the strong support team I have developed, both among the dialysis clinic staff, other medical providers, family and co-workers. I have found that any issues generally lie within the systems, not the people, and wish that everyone could get the quality of treatment I have received.
In particular, I have been motivated by one of my late co-workers, who in spite of suffering through several serious medical situations in her life, never let those challenges get the better of her. She encouraged me to take control of the situation as best I could, and to not let the challenges get me down. I hope to bring that attitude to my time on the DPC Board of Directors.