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Memphis Woman Doesn’t Let Kidney Disease Slow Her Down

Angela Gordon of Memphis, Tennessee was diagnosed with high blood pressure and scarring of the kidneys when she was just 19 years old.  Over the course of ten years her kidneys eventually failed and she began CAPD dialysis, which allowed her to continue working full-time.  (Continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis or CAPD is done at home.) After being on dialysis for almost four years, Angela received a kidney transplant.  Unfortunately, her body rejected her donated kidney after two years and at age 36 she’s currently back on dialysis and on the waiting list for another transplant.

Angela Gordon

Angela Gordon

Despite these setbacks in her health, Angela maintains a very upbeat point of view.  “I try to stay positive,” says Angela.  “For me, a positive attitude is the key to everything.”  After years of treatment, Angela is very focused on how important it is for her to concentrate on her diet and overall health.  She tries to adhere to the proper diet and keep her blood pressure under control.

Angela has a strong message to others about living with kidney disease.  “Being diagnosed with kidney disease should be a wake-up call,” she noted.  “Many people don’t really feel that bad in the early stages of the disease and think they can just ignore it.  My strong advice is to accept that you have the disease, listen to your doctor and do everything you can to protect your kidneys.  Kidney disease isn’t going away, but you can slow it down by doing the right things.”

Angela has not let her condition slow her down too much.  She maintains her job as a data entry operator for Ducks Unlimited and travels whenever she can.  Her last trip was a cruise around Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula and this year she plans to take a cruise through the Bahamas.  “I love to travel,” Angela said, “And I’m not going to let kidney disease stand in my way.  I will continue to live life and enjoy every day to the fullest.”