Shorter Version of Gloria’s Thrive On Story

Author: Fresenius Kidney Care

You've got to ask questions. You've got to know what's going on in your body and I tell all my friends and anyone I meet to do that. My name is Gloria Stephens. I live in Jacksonville Florida. The most important thing that I've done since dialysis is to get myself to every day do something. I am very much involved with my Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, my church and other organizations. Currently I'm working with young children through my volunteer work. I'm going to read this book to you today.

Tell me, who lives in a pond? Is it a giraffe? No! Is it a frog? A frog... Yes! Ribbit. Alright, Ok! In spite of being extremely active, I was also extremely overweight. I developed blood pressure problems at an early age. Several years later, I ended up with diabetes. I realized my kidneys were failing when I began to swell. Now, I lost 50 pounds, so I'm thinking "Oh kidneys, don't fail me now," I'm trying to do the right thing. However, it was too little too late.

My name is Elena White, and I've known Gloria all my life. Aunt Glo' is a mentor, is such a survivor of many things. I think it was a tremendous adjustment for her to go on dialysis. Your routine changes. You have to incorporate a lot of different things mentally, emotionally, physically.

I Drive myself to dialysis and then start my day with the wonderful beautiful people at my center. They've got good spirits and they keep you encouraged. I try to remember, I've got to use the full time that I'm here. I try not to miss any treatments. If you don't let negative things turn you around, you'll be successful. Emotionally, I make sure that I keep my hands in the hands of my family members, who all support me. But the person who I think gives me the greatest amount of encouragement is a little seven year old niece named Kendall.

Shorter Version of Gloria’s Thrive On Story

Her grand-niece is connected to her hip. It's wonderful when you have a little person especially in your heart and your life to keep you going, to keep you going.

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