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Episode 116: Kim Jacques - Heart & Double Lung Transplant Recipient

Kent's Kidney Stories

Release Date: 06/14/2023

Episode 128: Joshua Tarnoff - Navigating the New Frontiers of Kidney Care show art Episode 128: Joshua Tarnoff - Navigating the New Frontiers of Kidney Care

Kent's Kidney Stories

Josh Tarnoff joined NephCure as CEO in early 2018, fulfilling a long-held desire to serve the rare disease patient community more closely. He spent more than 30 years working in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology community, moving new therapies closer to reality. Personal connections with NephCure families fuel his passion to achieve NephCure’s mission-driven goals, and he always appreciates directly speaking with our community. Josh also has personal insights into renal disease as he was once a patient, likely a result of a snake bite. He lives in Pennsylvania, where he enjoys backpacking...

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Episode 127: Jennifer Cramer-Miller - Embracing Life with Chronic Hope show art Episode 127: Jennifer Cramer-Miller - Embracing Life with Chronic Hope

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In this heartwarming episode, Kent Bresler sits down with Jennifer Cramer-Miller, author of "Incurable Optimist: Living with Illness and Chronic Hope." Jennifer shares her profound journey as a fellow FSGS patient who has navigated the tumultuous waters of dialysis, multiple transplants, and the relentless pursuit of hope and joy amidst chronic illness. Their conversation explores the emotional landscape of kidney disease, the power of acceptance, and the miracles that unfold when people show up for one another with acts of profound kindness. Jennifer's story is a testament to the strength...

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Episode 126: Aimee Makovic - From Heart to Kidney: A Transplant Trilogy show art Episode 126: Aimee Makovic - From Heart to Kidney: A Transplant Trilogy

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Kent Bresler is joined by Amy Makovic, a poet and professor whose life-altering journey through a triple organ transplant during the pandemic is nothing short of miraculous. Her candid conversation delves into the emotional rollercoaster of an 18-hour surgery, an 11-month hospital recovery, and the mental health challenges that followed. Amy's resilience shines through as she discusses her return to the joys of traveling and teaching, and the importance of self-advocacy and gratitude in the face of medical adversity. Her book, "Contains Recycled Parts," chronicles her transplant journey,...

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Episode 125: A Tale of Transplants and Triumphs show art Episode 125: A Tale of Transplants and Triumphs

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In this deeply personal episode of 'Kent's Kidney Story,' Kent Bresler invites listeners to explore the intersection of kidney health and the aging process. From his own experiences with a transplant that has lasted over three decades to the nuances of managing life post-transplant, Kent offers a transparent look at the highs and lows. Discover the role of community support, the impact of lifestyle choices, and the profound influence of mentorship in the kidney disease community. If you have questions regarding items discussed during this episode or would like more information about Kidney...

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Episode 124: Jaime Imhof - Dual Donor Double Transplant Recipient show art Episode 124: Jaime Imhof - Dual Donor Double Transplant Recipient

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Kent talks to Jaime Imhof, a dual donor double transplant recipient. In June 2022 she was rushed to the hospital raging with multiple infections and organ failure. and was given a 10% chance of survival. Jamie needed a liver transplant first to survive, breaking the six-month sobriety rule in a groundbreaking program led by Johns Hopkins Hospital. After that, she also required a kidney transplant as well due to acute kidney injury and failure from Hepatorenal Syndrome and Tacrolimus. She is 14 months post liver transplant and 7 months post kidney transplant.  If you have questions...

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Episode 123: Lauren Drew - Living Kidney Donor & Advocate show art Episode 123: Lauren Drew - Living Kidney Donor & Advocate

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Kent talks to Lauren Drew, who gave her kidney to a stranger and became a kidney advocate. Lauren works at the National Kidney Foundation and helps shape policies for kidney patients and donors. Listen to this episode to hear Lauren’s inspiring story and learn how to support the kidney community. 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 us at  Host: Kent Bressler Producer: Jason Nunez

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Episode 122: Ryan Pendergraft Radio DJ & Kidney Transplant Recipient show art Episode 122: Ryan Pendergraft Radio DJ & Kidney Transplant Recipient

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Lots of laughter and joy as Ryan shares his kidney journey story with Kent. Ryan is a local radio station celebrity in Kerrville, Texas at 103.7 MIKE FM. His story is beyond the routine as he had lost one kidney and then had cancer in his remaining kidney and lost it too. He shares about his experiences with cancer and the joys and tribulations. He also has an interesting tale to tell about his father. You will have to listen to the podcast to catch the details. Please enjoy this podcast. If you have questions regarding items discussed during this episode or would like more information about...

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Episode 121: Rachel A. Davis, MD - Lithium and Kidney Donation show art Episode 121: Rachel A. Davis, MD - Lithium and Kidney Donation

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Kent talks with Rachel A. Davis, MD associate professor of psychiatry and neurosurgery at the University of Colorado Anschutz School of Medicine. Rachel is a non-directed liver donor, donating the right lobe of her liver in January of 2022.  This experience fueled a desire to increase awareness and advocacy about living liver and kidney donation. She has written a research paper titled "Lithium and the Living Kidney Donor: Science or Stigma?" Her experience with donor denial and the use of therapeutic Lithium in the treatment of mental illness is telling and interesting. Don’t forget to...

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Episode 120: Erin Kahle, MPA, CNP - Deputy Director of the American Association for Kidney Patients show art Episode 120: Erin Kahle, MPA, CNP - Deputy Director of the American Association for Kidney Patients

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Kent and his good friend Erin Kahle talk about the American Association of Kidney Patients (AAKP). A group focused on the welfare of all patients with Kidney Disease. He calls her exceptional and humble. Enjoy her love for kidney patients. Click here to visit the official website for . 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 us at  Host: Kent Bressler Producer: Jason Nunez  

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Episode 119: Ali Dawson - Living Donor, Advocate, and Donor Mentor show art Episode 119: Ali Dawson - Living Donor, Advocate, and Donor Mentor

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Kent speaks with Ali Dawson. Ali is from the UK and chose to give one of his kidneys to one of his colleagues, Sonia. His story is unique in that he now has become a huge advocate and plans to altruistically donate a part of his liver in the coming years! The whole experience has been life-enriching beyond anything he could ever describe. Ali shared with Kent, "Of all the things I’ve ever done in my life, this has definitely been the happiest & I definitely recommend organ donation."  Click to video the TED Talk given by Katy Portell. If you have questions regarding items discussed...

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After having a semi-normal childhood throughout the 80’s and early 90’s, Kimberly Jacques underwent a risky, rarely performed heart-double lung transplant at the age of 16. More than a quarter of a century later, Kimberly talks about her triumphs and tribulations, the differences between transplantation then and now, and what motivates her to keep on going all these years later.

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