[B][I]Today, December 15th, will officially be the one year anniversary of my 1st NxStage treatment. I am so stoked. I never thought a year ago that I would be here. For those that don’t know, on Sept. 2nd and 11th, 2006 respectfully, both my Mother and Brother passed away. Both in-center dialysis patients. My mother had been an ESRD patient for 5 years, my brother 1. This is now my 5th year. I was in a deep depression after their deaths and thought that I would be joining them soon. Basically, I was accepting defeat and waiting to die. My Neph had been after me to try NxStage for a while, but I kept putting it off seeing that my try at PD ended in failure. I was a PD patient 1st. Finally, I just said “what the hell? I’ll try it”. A month later I was training and 3 weeks later I was on my own at home. I got to feeling so good that the dreams I had thought were out of my reach, now seemed obtainable. I looked into getting back into College after 20 years.
Well, today, I am also proud to announce that I finished my 1st Semester back as a non-traditional freshman with a 3.2 Average. None of this would be possible without the benefit of doing my dialysis treatments at home. Thank you NxStage.