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Episode 115: Emmitt Henderson III Needs A Kidney Donor. Are YOU The One?

Kent's Kidney Stories

Release Date: 05/22/2023

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Kent talks with Emmitt Henderson III the CEO of Male Lupus Warriors. He talks of the difficulties dealing with Lupus and its multiple medical issues that occur. Originally transplanted only to lose the kidney to complications. He talks about his corporation “Male Lupus Warriors” developed to spread Lupus and Mental Health awareness to all who will listen. Emmitt needs A Kidney Donor. Are YOU The One?

Emmitt Henderson III was diagnosed with Systemic Lupus and Lupus Nephritis in 1995 but had symptoms going back to 1980.

Through the years, he has endured major complications from heart, liver, kidneys, and lung failures, and avascular necrosis that led to a shoulder and knee replacement. He had a clinical trial, a bone marrow stem cell transplant; he was on oxygen due to his lung failure and had a kidney transplant due to kidney failure and brain disease. He was also diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis, Sjogren's Syndrome, and MTCD as well as suffering from a stroke, shingles, gout, chronic fevers, diabetes, and hypertension.

In 2019, when Emmitt was diagnosed with brain disease, it medically retired from his career. He decided to advocate for the same disease that debilitated him since 1995 and to talk about how his mental health got him through it all. He created his organization called Male Lupus Warriors Corp to spread Lupus and Mental Health awareness. He holds a safe space for men to meet and talk about their hardships in life, he encourages everyone to not be a victim to their illness. 

Emmitt did an advocacy campaign in Tanzania Africa in 2022 which included climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro. During his climb, he suffered high-altitude pulmonary edema and ended up going into kidney failure for the second time in his life. He is now currently doing home hemodialysis and is on the transplant list for another kidney. During this time, he still maintains his advocacy by being active on social media, he does speakings/podcasts, and facilitating support groups.

[email protected]
www.malelupuswarriors.org          

Emmitt's Social Media:
FB emmitthendersoniii
IG, Tik Tok @malelupuswarriors

If you would like to learn more about becoming a donor for Emmitt, please contact Kidney Solutions at 830-285-2140.

If you have questions regarding items discussed during this episode or would like more information about Kidney Solutions weekly Support Group, contact Kent at [email protected]

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

Host: Kent Bressler
Producer: Jason Nunez