CRAFTING FOR A CAUSE
"Making a difference, one project at a time"
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Let me introduce myself. My name is Jodi Wilson and I have End-Stage Renal Disease. Basically that means my kidneys no longer function the way their suppose to. I was so scared, and could only think of one thing....would I still be around to watch my grandson grow up? I became very depressed and anxious about the changes that were about to happen in my life. Where do I go from here? My nephrologist explained that I would have a fistula put in my arm. I would have surgery to connect a vein to an artery. Once this was complete we would let the artery mature over the next six months so it could be used for dialysis. When this all started my kidney function was at 20%. I felt very drained and tired. I had to change my diet and limit the amount of fluid I drank. Five months later my nephrologist said that it was time for dialysis. Looking at my bloodwork results he said my kidney function was at 12%. I had my first treatment on October 28,2017. Its been quite the transition, from changes in my diet, to travelling back and forth to dialysis, and watching my fluid intake.
I didn't want to sit around and feel sorry for myself. I started crocheting...it has always been my one true passion, and it helps reduce my stress and anxiety. Once I started I knew that I wanted to do something special. I made a stuffed bear for my grandson. He absolutely loved it! I did other projects to keep myself busy. After a couple of months, my mom gave me a tote to store all my crafts in. I couldn't believe how much crocheting helped me feel better and very productive. I decided to use my crafts as a way to be informative about kidney disease and raise money to donate.to the National Kidney Foundation.