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March Madness and Kidney Health Month

Kimba Dalferes has seen firsthand the pain and discomfort of kidney disease. While you’re watching March Madness, why not make a contribution to fight this illness? Read more from Kimba on her blog, The Middle-Aged Cheap Seats.

I’m lovin’ the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. Like many of you, I’ll be filling out my brackets and talking a little smack to my fellow pool participants. There will be some tough choices – in the past I’ve even made the difficult choice of picking the Gators.  It goes against my entire being to cheer for them. Before you even start, I’m fully aware that my beloved Noles have a little trouble making it to the dance–I  pout about this each season.


March has become synonymous with a full-scale national shutdown of productivity for 2 & ½ weeks. I’m sure I can’t be the only one who is a bit amused by this article – Feds: Put That NCAA Bracket Away and Get Back to Work – which emphasizes the prohibition of “federal workers from engaging in any gambling while on federally owned or leased property, or while on duty.” Nice attempt to try and instill productivity amongst the ranks; let me know how that works out for you.

What many may not know is that March is also National Kidney Month. According for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 10 American adults, more than 20 million, have some level of chronic kidney disease (CKD).

National Kidney Month

Kidney disease affects all age groups. However, there is cause for concern for those of us sitting in the middle-aged cheap seats. According to the National Institutes of Health, CKD is increasing the fastest for people age 60 and older. For example, CKD in people over 60 years old has jumped from 18.8% to 24.5% for the timeframe of 2003 to 2006 (National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NKUDIC). During this same time period, the prevalence of CKD for people ages 20 to 39 remained below 0.5%.

The National Kidney Disease Education Program has many resources available to help you understand and prevent kidney disease. Their online resourceQuestions and Answers About the Kidneys and Kidney Disease provides exceptional information and answers to questions such as: What Is Kidney Disease? Are You At Risk For Kidney Disease? How Can I Protect My Kidneys?

I’ve seen up close and personal how kidney disease and its consequences affect lives. My father-in-law suffered from end-stage renal disease; he was a dialysis patient over his last few years with us. Additionally, one of my dearest friends suffers from a rare form of kidney disease. I was honored to chronicle her story, and the story of her brave family, in this article for Laker Magazine: “Unbreakable Bonds”  Jane’s story, and the story of her son, highlight our enormous need for living donors. According to the Living Kidney Donors Networkthere are over 80,000 people currently on the kidney transplant waiting list and 4,500 people die each year awaiting a kidney transplant.

As you’re watching the upcoming games and crying over your picks as your brackets crumble (I am sure I will be right there with you), please remember that March is also a month set aside to help raise awareness about kidney health, disease prevention, and living donor needs and opportunities. Please help spread the word; Donate Life.

National Kidney Month: donate life



Have you had experience with kidney disease? What would you tell someone who asks “what can I do to help?”  

Kimba Dalferes

Kimba Dalferes is a native Floridian, but currently pretends to be a Virginian. She is an accomplished king salmon slayer, estate sale junkie, and sometimes writes books. She is currently working on the sequel to her first book “I Was In Love With a Short Man Once.” This next book, “Magic Fishing Panties” will be out in 2015. She divides her time between Fairfax and Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia with husband Greg and occasionally her son Jimmy; when he is home from college. She also hangs out in The Middle-Aged Cheap Seats .

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Joan Stommen

Monday 23rd of March 2015

Thanks for highlighting kidney month.....I only have one working kidney and have to stay healthy and wise for the good one! We cant take anything for granted; I realize things can become bad before we know it. You've shared this beautifully, Kimba!


Tuesday 24th of March 2015

Joan, I have three good friends who each have just one kidney. They are all committed to staying healthy and are a testament to what it takes to maintain an excellent quality of life. I wish you continued good health and vitality.

Rena McDaniel

Monday 23rd of March 2015

Great post Kimba! Definitely a worthy cause to bring attention to! Go UK Wildcats!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Monday 23rd of March 2015

Hubs is NCST, so it's all about the Wolfpack right now in our house!


Monday 23rd of March 2015

I never thought about my kidneys. Then I gained an enormous amount of weight--much more than I should have considering my disease and exercise level. The doctors couldn't understand. it. At the same time I began wheezing when walking---but only outdoors and in certain weather.

at the same time I had never thought about my kidneys other than they worked.

In a routine blood test--all the numbers were horrible. I went to a specialist, my newest idol and fortunately there wasn't protein in my urine.

The wheezing might have something to do with that

The numbers are getting better and well I'm scared to jinx it--blood tests next month.

Because there wasn't protein in the urine I didn't have to go on a low protein diet but decided that a plant based with fish diet is best. I've always drunk a lot of water. Now I put in tons of lemon and ginger.

As I want to live a long healthy life I will do anything to lose weight and save my kidneys.


Monday 23rd of March 2015

I've learned that drinking lots of water is key to good kidney health. I hope your health and wellness continues to improve, thanks for sharing your experiences.

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