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Kidney Disease Patients Share Travel Experiences and Tips

With planning and preparation, going away on holiday is no longer out of the question for people undergoing dialysis or for organ transplant recipients.
 
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    HAMILTON, ON, January 15, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Kidney disease patients who have enjoyed a dialysis camp in Ontario as well as trips to Hawaii and elsewhere will talk about their personal travel experiences with open Q&A at St. Joe's, 50 Charlton Ave. East, in downtown Hamilton on January 26.

Ilana, a Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) patient who has been on dialysis for 20 years now, is currently working on an upcoming trip to Mexico.

"One destination would be all right, but I am planning two destinations this time and organizing the dialysis can be a bit difficult," she said.

Ilana will know the ins and outs when she is done and will report on this at the meeting.

"My eldest son, a new father, had to start dialysis treatments last year and is on the transplant waiting list. My hope for his family, and for everyone on dialysis, is that they don't allow kidney disease to prevent them from living life to the fullest."

Lori, a successful kidney transplant recipient, adds: "While I was on dialysis, my family and I vacationed at Camp Dorset, which is located in the beautiful Muskokas. This unique dialysis patient resort actually provided my in-center dialysis needs three times a week. My holiday there was relaxing and fun."

"Anyone on dialysis or taking medications after an organ transplant would think twice about tackling the challenges of planning a trip away from home," said Shiona Mackenzie-Morrison, Hamilton Chapter Coordinator of the PKD Foundation of Canada (PKDFOC).

"Our discussion will give kidney disease patients a chance to learn about the holiday planning process and make it easier to accomplish their goal successfully."

Mr. Robert Fraser, a Renal Social Worker with more than 25 years of experience at St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton, will launch the meeting at 2pm in Classroom T2208 of the Juravinski Innovation Tower, by providing valuable information about insurance and more.

For more information, contact hamiltonchapter@endpkd.ca or visit the PKDFOC website.

Open to the public, this free two-hour event is hosted by the Hamilton Chapter of the PKD Foundation of Canada. Informational Support Meetings are held six times a year for southwestern Ontario kidney disease patients, their families, friends and caregivers. Registration is not required. Local street parking (free) and hospital parking (payment required) is available.

Founded in 1993, the PKD Foundation of Canada is a registered Canadian non-profit charitable organization dedicated to raising awareness and funds for Canadian Polycystic Kidney Disease research. More information is available on the PKDFOC website or by calling 1-877-410-1741 toll free.



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