End-stage renal disease makes people really sick. So does dialysis. In fact, a 10-year study mentioned in this article found that 75% of people in need of a kidney are unemployed for at least part of their illness.

But unemployed people are less-than-half as likely to be put on the transplant list as employed people. What? Yeah.

The study says that it may be because they don’t seek medical care as early, or it may be because they are viewed as higher-risk candidates because they may not be able to afford anti-rejection meds.

Today’s Kidney Mama Lecture

There are a few factors that determine when you get a kidney from the UNOS list, but the biggest one is how long you have been on the list. Not how ill you are, how long you have been waiting.

Be proactive. If one center won’t put you on the list “yet,” try another. You do not need to be in complete kidney failure to be listed.

Consider Medicaid if you are out of work. It will pay for your transplant and drugs for three years. Forget your pride and think about the effect on your family if you continue to be this sick.

And eat your vegetables.



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