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| www.mountainmeasenor_com The Weekend Pacer for the Greenbrier Valley - Mountain Messenaer Mar. 13, 2010 __ 3R i:i By Peggy Mackenzie In honor of National Kidney Month in March, Fresenius Medical Care North America [FMCNA] has selected 31 di- alysis patients to be honored throughout the 31 days of March, across the U.S. who are living their lives to the fullest while managing a chronic ill- ness. "We are pleased to honor these 31 patients, who demon- strate that people with CKD can lead wellround- ed, fulfilling lives," says Rice Powell, CEO of Frese- nius Medical Care North America. "Many suc- National Kidney cessful long-term dialysis patients are self-reliant peo- ple who have embraced their treatment program, and want to live as normal a life as pos- sible." After a nationwide search, Tim Morgan of Caldwell was nominated by his caregivers and peers as one of those 31 honorees. Diagnosed with hy- pertension when he was 19 years old, Morgan has been on dialysis on and off or the last 32 years. He is a dialysis patient at Fresenius Medical Center where he receives in- center hemodialysis. Morgan first became sick in 1978. At that time the local hospital didn't know what was the matter with him. It wasn't until he went to the medical center in Charlottesville, "VA, that he got. proper dialysis treatment. Describing him- self as a willing guinea pig, Morgan exclaims, "I've had it all." Through the years, he was often the first to try out various drugs and equipment for kidney dialysis treatment. "I've been probed andstuck all over," he says, displaying numerous scars all up and down his arms from injection points. At one point, Morgan says he and his dad had to learn a "hands-on" approach to kidney cleansing with a home dialysis equipment "the size of a washing machine," which took many hours of the day. He has seen dialy- sis treatment improve and progress, refining the filtering methods so that, as Morgan says, he enjoys better health now with the state-of-the-art equipment at the Fresenius Medical Center than he's ever had before. Settled comfortably in his lounger at the Center in Fair- lea, Morgan says he has ben- efited twice already in his life with a lifesaving kidney trans- plant. The first kidney, which he received in 1981, lasted only a few years. He got the second transplant in 1984. He says he was number four on the list and was lucky to get it. With the transplant, he no longer needed dialysis treatments. That kidney last- ed for 20 years until 2003. He is now on three lists for a new kidney. A positive outlook is one of the inspiring attributes Tim Morgan brings to each day. "I'm not inclined to be a preacher to others; I just live my life the way it is. Good or bad, it's my way," he declares. A modest man with a ready smile and intense blue eyes, Morgan says he learned there is always someone out there National Kidney Foundation honors Caldwell man. worse off than he is. "It's not the end of the world. It's a job, but it's the best job I ever had," he says, speaking of his visits to the center three times a week. "I don't think of [being on dialysis] as being a disabil- ity." At 51, Morgan does not Foundation Honoree, Tim Morgan of Caldwell let dialysis slow him down. nent loss of kidney function, and millions more are at risk. As CKD progresses, it can lead to end stage renal dis- ease [ESRD], which requires a kidney transplant or dialy- sis to stay alive. Dialysis is a life-sustaining process that cleans waste products from the blood, re- moves extra fluids, and controls the body's chem- istry when a person's kidneys fail. Dialysis pa- tients typi- cally require treatment on an ongoing basis unless they receive a kidney trans- plant. Those being recognized are exceptional in many differ- ent ways. They are dedicated Tent at home. FMCNA, the world's largest integrated pro- vider of products and services for individuals undergoing dialysis because of chronic kidney failure, is being rec- ognized for their dedication to their dialysis treatment programs; positive attitudes in the face of chronic illness; and the inspiration they pro- vide to other patients, as well as to friends and neighbors in their communities. The Fresenius Medical Care facility, located in Fairlea at 1215 Maplewood Avenue, is open Monday, Wednes- day and Friday every week from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. They are one of FMCNA's U.S. net- work of 1,700 dialysis clin- ics. Fresenius Medical Care NorthAmerica is a subsidiary of Fresenius Medical Care- AG & Co. provides products and services for more than 1,770,000 individuals world- wide. Fresenius Medical Care provides dialysis treatment to approximately 192,800 pa- tients around the globe. Fre- senius Medical Care is also the world's leading provider of dialysis products such as hemodialysis machines, dia- lyzers and related disposable products. For more informa- tion about FMCNA, visit the company's website at www. ultracare- dialysis, corn and www.fmc-ag.com. HOSA students visit WVSOM with the Anatomy lab. "It was awesome to be able to experi- ence a real anatomy lab and see the different parts of a ca- daver," she said. With a goal of becoming a nurse, Arthur was impressed with the robot lab. "We got to see two different robots - an adult and a child. It was in- teresting to see how they re- spond. Their eyes would react to light," Arthur said. HOSA is a national student Two students from the lo- cal Greenbrier Chapter of the Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) visited the West Virginias School of Os- teopathic Medicine (WVSOM) Mar. I. Autumn Chapman of Lew- isburg and Emily Arthur of Ronceverte - both 10th grade students at Greenbrler East High School - toured WVSOM and learned about careers in osteopathic medicine. students. Arthur and Chapman par- ticipated with their club in West Virginia's HOSA State Leadership Conference Mar. 5-6 at Marshall Communi- ty and Technical College in Huntington. The Greenbrier County HOSA Chapter has 84 total members. WVSOM has been recog- nized among the top medical schools in the nation 11 con- secutive years by U.S. News He is a partAtime school bus driver for the county and en- joys spending time outdoors either hunting or riding his four-wheelers. He also enjoys watching David play baseball for Fishburn Military School. In addition to these activities, Morgan is also a passionate gardener and, together with his wife, Libby, their flow- ers have won several blue ribbons at the West Virginia State Fair. By demonstrating that a person can't just sit around and do nothing with their life no matter how many obstacles are in the way, Mor- gan has been a remarkable example for his two children. He attributes his success on dialysis to his family includ- ing his wife Libby, son David, 17, and daughter Kelsei, 20. "I'm a lucky man," he says. Morgan's inspirational pa- tient story will surely continue to be a source of support for other patients with his active lifestyle and his great sense of humor. His dedication to his treatment and to living life to the fullest makes him a true patient champion. According to the National Kidney Foundation, there are more than 26 million American adults with chron- ic kidney disease [CKD], a to their overall health and have a positive outlook on their condition. Some are active in kidney foundations and corn, munity organizations, while others take an active role in their clinics, mentoring other patients or simply bringing a smile to their faces. Some patients manage to work full- time in addition their treat- ment schedules - typically going to a clinic four hours a day,_three times a week, or administering their .own treat- The tour included stops in the Anatomy lab and dem- onstrations . of the human patient simulators (robots) in the school's new Clinical Evaluation Center. The robots can imitate many human dis- eases and reactions to treat- ments and drugs. WVSOM has 16 simulators for student education. Chapmanl who plans to pursue a career as a medi- cal examiner, was impressed FREE Osteopathic Manipulative Treatments provided by students under a physician's supervision at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine. March 9, 16, 30 and April 6 & 13. Appointments 12:45- 5:00 p.m. Call 304-793-6823 to schedule an appointment. Written referral from your physician is required. 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