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Episode 74: AAKP Ambassador Brandi Nunez 3 Year Transplant Anniversary Special

Kent's Kidney Stories

Release Date: 07/01/2021

Episode 80: Mary Baliker  Four-Time Kidney Transplant Recipient show art Episode 80: Mary Baliker Four-Time Kidney Transplant Recipient

Kent's Kidney Stories

Mary Baliker was diagnosed with kidney disease at the age of nine and has undergone dialysis during various times in her life. At 17, she had a kidney transplant from her brother, Doug. Since then, she has had three more transplants, the last of which was in 1999. As a result of this life-long experience, she cherishes her life and possesses a strong interest to help improve healthcare. Click to purchase Mary's book, Maria Never Gives Up. If you have questions regarding items discussed during this episode or would like more information about Kidney Solutions weekly Support Group, contact Kent...

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Episode 79: Austin Lee - Two-Time Kidney Transplant Recipient show art Episode 79: Austin Lee - Two-Time Kidney Transplant Recipient

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Kidney disease is tough enough to deal with as an adult. When it begins in early childhood it is even more devastating and difficult to adjust to. Kent takes time to talk with Austin Lee, a two-time kidney transplant recipient who was transplanted at the early age of four. Listen to him explain the many challenges he and his family experienced. Through it all, you will hear a message of love and hope.  If you have questions regarding items discussed during this episode or would like more information about Kidney Solutions weekly Support Group, contact Kent at  For more information...

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Episode 78: Ben Street & Jasper Sharp - Ice Cream, Schnitzel, and the Gift of Life show art Episode 78: Ben Street & Jasper Sharp - Ice Cream, Schnitzel, and the Gift of Life

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Ben lives in London, England and Jasper lives in Vienna, Austria. Jasper needed a kidney transplant so his good friend, Ben agreed to donate. Ben flew to Vienna, Austria, and found out he was a match. Then the fun began! Covid came and Jasper had to have surgery, and all along Ben stayed firm in his commitment to donate. Listen to their story it is absolutely amazing. If you have questions regarding items discussed during this episode or would like more information about Kidney Solutions weekly Support Group, contact Kent at  For more information about Kidney Solutions, visit them...

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Episode 77: Jill Hammonds - Mother, Wife, and Kidney Warrior show art Episode 77: Jill Hammonds - Mother, Wife, and Kidney Warrior

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Kent talks to Jill Hammonds who has been living with FSGS for over 30 years. She was diagnosed at 14 years of age. She talks about her course of treatment and her transplants. One courageous and tough mother, wife, and kidney warrior. If you have questions regarding items discussed during this episode or would like more information about Kidney Solutions weekly Support Group, contact Kent at  For more information about Kidney Solutions, visit them at  Host: Kent Bressler Producer: Jason Nunez

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Episode 76: AAKP Ambassador Jonathan Traylor 1 Year Transplant Anniversary Special show art Episode 76: AAKP Ambassador Jonathan Traylor 1 Year Transplant Anniversary Special

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Kent talks with a good friend and kidney warrior Jonathan Traylor in this AAKP one-year kidneyversary session. Jonathan talks about the importance of keeping in close touch with his care team and expresses his feelings about mentorship and support during his first year of transplant. Please Like and Subscribe all things Hope with Jonathan: Click  for more information on the American Association of Kidney Patients (AAKP).  If you have questions regarding items discussed during this episode or would like more information about Kidney Solutions weekly Support Group, contact...

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Episode 75: Living Kidney  Donor - Kathryn Robison show art Episode 75: Living Kidney Donor - Kathryn Robison

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What does it take to be a living kidney donor? Listen to Kent’s interview with Kathryn Robison a second-year Medical Student at Texas Tech. She has a frank conversation with Kent about giving her kidney to her older brother. Her open and gentle presentation allows you to understand how important living donation is. What it means to your family and to yourself. She discusses her take on the importance of being the decision-maker and stresses the importance of maintaining your health after the surgery. Click  to read Kathryn's blog post, mentioned during the podcast. If you have questions...

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Episode 74: AAKP Ambassador Brandi Nunez 3 Year Transplant Anniversary Special show art Episode 74: AAKP Ambassador Brandi Nunez 3 Year Transplant Anniversary Special

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Brandi is celebrating her third kidneyversary and talks about being a PKD patient and her transplant. Her story is of interest because she is the only one in the family who has PKD. Click  for more information on the American Association of Kidney Patients (AAKP).  If you have questions regarding items discussed during this episode, contact Kent at  For more information on Kidney Solutions, visit them at  Host: Kent Bressler Producer: Jason Nunez

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Episode 73: Bernadette Fordystek Needs a Kidney Donor.  Are You The One? show art Episode 73: Bernadette Fordystek Needs a Kidney Donor. Are You The One?

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Bernadette Fordystek is stuck between a rock and a hard place. She is a CKD patient who has done just about everything she can to find a Living Donor. Kent and Bernadette's conversation centered on her difficulties finding a donor and the faith she has had to continue. Donors are very hard to come by and she reflects on her difficulties but stresses that she has a positive attitude and a faith in God that he will send a donor. Take a listen and don’t forget to subscribe and comment at the end. Let’s help Bernadette find a donor. Are YOU the one? Bernadette is registered on the Kidney...

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Episode 72: Kristen Hood, MSN, RN - Director of Clinical Outreach  for NephCure show art Episode 72: Kristen Hood, MSN, RN - Director of Clinical Outreach for NephCure

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In this episode, Kent speaks with Kristen Hood, Director of Clinical Outreach for NephCure. She currently attending Bryan College of Health Sciences for her Doctorate in Nursing Education. Kristen’s nursing background ranges from medical-surgical nursing, neonatal nursing, labor/delivery and postpartum, pediatrics, and school nursing. During today's conversation, Kristen shares her son Logan's journey of being diagnosed and enduring Minimal Change Disease (MCD) and Juvenile Psoriatic Arthritis. Kent and Kristen also talk about Nephcure and all it has to offer Kidney Warriors.  For...

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Episode 71: Ed Hickey Vice President of AAKP show art Episode 71: Ed Hickey Vice President of AAKP

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Welcome back! Kent interviews Ed Hickey, Vice President of the American Association of Kidney Patients (AAKP). Ed gives us valuable insight into the patient center focus at AAKP. Ed has been instrumental in dialogue with the Veterans Administration and Veterans Service Organizations (VSOs). He talks about his take on Veteran issues especially for those with kidney disease. Have to listen get in on some valuable information. To learn more about the American Association of Kidney Patients, go to: If you have questions regarding items discussed during this episode, contact Kent at  For more...

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Brandi is celebrating her third kidneyversary and talks about being a PKD patient and her transplant. Her story is of interest because she is the only one in the family who has PKD.

Click here for more information on the American Association of Kidney Patients (AAKP). 

If you have questions regarding items discussed during this episode, contact Kent at [email protected]

For more information on Kidney Solutions, visit them at www.kidneysolutions.org

Host: Kent Bressler
Producer: Jason Nunez