May 2020
Coronavirus & Transplant Patients: Get the Facts, Save a Life

An Expert Webinar, hosted by AAKP's Center for Patient Research & Education

Quickly learn what you and your family can do to protect yourselves from  COVID-19 ! Learn about the symptoms and complications that are involved with COVID-19 and how it can affect your kidney transplant.

Webinar Featured Speaker:
Emily Blumberg, MD
President, American Society of Nephrology, Transplant Infectious Diseases Specialist & Director, Transplant Infectious Diseases Program & Infectious Diseases Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania
Be sure to visit our Coronavirus Resource page to access more informational webinars as well as other helpful links to keep you informed during these unprecedented times.

In This Issue
May 22 is 
Gout Awareness Day! 

Read and share this brochure on May 22!
Happy Transplant Anniversary, Jim & Kent! 

The month of April marked a very special milestone for two of AAKP's Board of Directors/Ambassadors. For Jim Myers and Kent Bressler, the month marked another year since their successful kidney transplant!

Both Jim and Kent have very inspirational transplant stories, which you can find on our blog!

"Don't get discouraged by bumps on the road. Your time is coming."

"To all of those living donors and all of the families that have given permission for their loved one's organs to be donated 'God Bless You.'"

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May is Mental Health Month!

Mental health is essential to everyone's overall health and wellbeing, and mental illnesses are common and treatable.

"While 1 in 5 people will experience a mental illness during their lifetime, everyone faces challenges in life that can impact their mental health."  Even though many people may not be diagnosed with a mental health condition, they all are currently experiencing the effects of such. 

After all of our worlds were turned upside down by the coronavirus just a few short months ago, we all began to experience feelings of worry, isolation, loneliness, and anxiety about the unknown. Now, more than ever, it is important to express how we are feeling and learn how we can cope and overcome these often self-defeating emotions.

As we recognize Mental Health Month, it is important to understand and recognize the toll that it takes on kidney patients, specifically. Dealing with CKD and dialysis at a time like this is only an added stressor, and it's very important for patients to have the coping mechanisms and resources available to help them through.

AAKP's Coping, Living, and Thriving with Kidney Disease brochure provides information about assessing your situation, expressing your emotions and, most importantly, understanding that you are not alone. 

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"Are You O-K+? The Importance of Potassium Management & Kidney Disease" Webinar 

ICYMI! Our  "Are You O-K+? The Importance of Potassium Management & Kidney Disease" webinar was hosted last Friday, 5.1, as part of National High Potassium Awareness Day

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Distance from a Transplant Center and Getting Listed for a Transplant

AAKP BOD Lisa Garner wrote an article sharing her perspective on a piece written by Patzer and coworkers, titled "Distance to kidney transplant center and access to early steps in the kidney transplantation process in the southeastern United States."  

The distance between a kidney patient's place of residence and their dialysis center can play a huge role in their treatment. Lisa mentions that in the south-central part of the US, there are few dialysis clinics, leaving many with over an hour's commute to get regular treatment. In her article, she emphasizes the importance of satellite clinics to the early treatment of many patients, seeing as many are not able to find a support person otherwise. 

In addition to the commute, Lisa discusses other potential barriers to proper treatment, such as the ability to afford the immunosuppressant drugs required to help prevent transplant rejection.

"Despite what statistics and others have said, this article shows actual data that the time and distance from a person's residence and the transplant center should be neither an obstacle nor a barrier in a patient's placement on the list or in essence of actually being placed on the list."

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