The National Kidney Foundation is starting a new magazine that they say they hope will help dialysis patients live the fullest lives possible. Kidney Living will feature information from national experts on coping with kidney disease and managing one's own health care. Healthy eating tips and kidney-friendly recipes, an "Ask the Healthcare Team" Q&A, and reader feedback through "Kidney Living Voices" will be featured regularly. The magazine, whose editorial board is comprised of people on dialysis and health care professionals, is designed for the nearly 400,000 Americans on dialysis.
"Kidney failure does not define me," said Francine Hillpot, member of the Kidney Living editorial board, "I'm a wife and a mother. I work and I also happen to be on dialysis. Kidney Living will be a comprehensive resource for anyone navigating the maze of issues that can arise while on dialysis and highlight that living well on dialysis is not only possible, but fully attainable."
The free, 16-page, quarterly publication is supported by Affymax and Takeda. Sign up is available online at www.kidney.org/kidneyliving. The first issue will also be distributed, in November, nationally to dialysis centers, doctors' offices, and ESRD networks.