Joanie is a 71 year old grandmother who feels most
comfortable with her children and their friends as she
is 71 in years only - her spirit and love of life keep
her young. She has been battling kidney problems for
some time and the past year has had to undergo dialysis
for 3 hrs/3 times a week while she searches for a
compatible donor. Neither kidney is working so there is
a sense of urgency. To compound problems the dialysis
has not been an “easy” process. She has had multiple
surgeries to try and get a feasible way for the dialysis
to work and for one reason or another, the pathway has
shut down repeatedly whether it be her stomach, chest,
neck or arms. She is currently fighting off an infection
in her chest, has temporary tubes in her neck , and
hoping that a recent insertion of a plastic tube in her
right arm will enable her to continue the dialysis for a
year at the most. It is a temporary solution as she
hopes to receive a transplant within the next year.
There is a possibility of receiving a kidney from a
relative, but tests are still being done. This has been
a really draining process in so many ways and she could
use some cheering up to help bolster her spirits.
Joanie has three daughters and 6 grandchildren, all of
whom she dearly loves.
She has a passion for playing bridge, doing crossword
puzzles, cooking , gardening, people and life.
April 2004 Feature
Birthday: November 14
Diagnosis: Kidney Failure