It isn’t every day that a kidney transplant patient is provided a national platform in which to tell his story about what went wrong with his kidneys and how a stranger saved his life by donating a kidney to him in his time of need. But this year the 2016 HGTV Dream Home winner Dave Rennie, a one-year kidney transplant survivor from Shelton, Connecticut is getting that national microphone.
Prior to the HGTV Blog announcing Dave as this year’s Merritt Island, Florida dream home winner, the 55-plus father of two and devoted husband has been busy writing his own dialysis diary online, keeping family and friends and others updated on the different stages he has gone through with his own kidney battles, with Dave saying it is “a trip down my button hole,” and including a March 28 post about his HGTV win.
The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases is doing their part to keep people informed about these issues as well, reminding the public that diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure and urging the public to learn how well your kidneys are working by getting checked for kidney disease. Getting checked involves two different test options, which are explained in the video above. But one of the key points the agency makes is that there are no signs or symptoms in advance to warn you that you have kidney disease, which is why it is so important to get checked to see if you have it rather than waiting until your kidneys just stop working.
In the HGTV winner’s case, Rennie takes education a step further, giving his blog readers the opportunity to follow his progression from kidney problems to dialysis to a transplant. And now, this March, just in time for National Kidney Month, he is celebrating his one-year-anniversary since experiencing the transplant procedure. And everything seems to be going well for him, including his recent win of a brand new home, boat, vehicle and $250,000 in cash.
But despite the recent windfall for the new home and garden television show winner, Dave Rennie knows what it is like to go through the challenges and physical hardships that kidney disease can cause, and he would likely urge anyone with conditions that make them more likely to experience kidney disease to get checked out as soon as possible. And it only takes a blood test and a urine test to learn if kidney problems are an issue for you, so you can get the help you need before a transplant is your only option.
Make the Kidney Connection on Facebook and obtain needed resources for free so you and your family can take steps to have healthy kidneys without the need for medications or complications later. And think about giving the gift of life to someone like Dave, who needed a kidney donor in order to not spend half his day doing dialysis treatment just to be able to live. Donors can save lives, and since you have two kidneys, you can afford to give someone else one of them, since you only have to have one in order to live. And one Aberdeen student’s kidney battle has been going on since she was three years old. No one should have to go through the kidney battles she has faced, but thankfully she has had willing donors to help her out. And they have saved her life as a result and now she is even about to graduate college thanks to someone caring enough to give her one of their kidneys.