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Tips to reduce stress and enjoy the holiday season

The sights and sounds of the holiday season are here. With holiday gatherings, family events filling the calendar, it sometimes can feel overwhelming in a season that perpetuates happiness and joy, when you might be feeling blue, or not as cheerful as an elf. Take time to care for and attend to your own emotional well-being during the season.

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Health, Coping and Quality of Life for People with Chronic Kidney Disease and Their Family Members

Are you currently on hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis? Have you received a kidney transplant? Are you a family member of someone on hemodialysis/peritoneal dialysis or living with a kidney transplant?
If you answered "yes" to one of these questions, would you be willing to tell us about your quality of life? It will take you approximately 30 minutes of your time and, if you complete the full survey, you could win an iPad mini!

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The Power of Peer Support - One Patient's Story

When Kirk K. tells people that he has lived with chronic kidney disease (CKD) for more than 27 years, the first thing they ask him is, "How?"

"Doctors and nurses are great at giving people the facts about their health, but only someone who has lived through it can give you the real story," says Kirk.

Kirk has lived through "it" -that is, CKD-in just about all its incarnations. Since his kidneys suddenly failed in 1988 when he was a young father and busy executive, he has spent almost 20 years on hemodialysis (two years at a hospital-based centre, two years at a satellite centre performing self-care, and 14 years at home performing nocturnal hemodialysis) and has undergone three kidney transplants. His most recent kidney transplant, a donation from his son, was two years ago and is still going strong.

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The Windsor renal dietitians and The Kidney Foundation of Canada, have organized and implemented one cooking demonstration over the past year to help patients demystify the renal diet. 

The objective of the cooking demo was to show patients that they can still eat on the renal diet and how they can incorporate these 'kidney friendly' foods into their daily routines. In the cooking demo, the dietitians provide examples of how the renal diet can be adapted into the various meal courses. They usually demonstrate possible appetizers, main entrees, side dishes, desserts, and snacks. 

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Are you on dialysis? At what cost?

Make your voice heard by participating in a survey about how kidney disease has affected your income and ability to work. Tell us about your out-of-pocket costs because of dialysis.
 
The survey is open to all adults (ages 18+) across Canada who are currently undergoing treatment through in-centre hemodialysis, at-home hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis.
 
The goal of this project is to measure the financial burden that patients and their families experience. 

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Mapping the Course of Alport Syndrome 

If you are age 16 or older and have not experienced kidney failure, you may be eligible to participate in the ATHENA Study. Information obtained from this study will be used to better understand the progression of Alport Syndrome and will help design future clinical trials.

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Looking for new recipes to tempt your tastebuds? The Kidney Community Kitchen is a great resource for meal planning, recipes and includes a dietitan blog.
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