Machines of Hemodialysis and Osmosis

Climbing for Renal Health aspires to make a difference in the lives of patients with kidney disease. The organization promises to educate the Guatemalan population about the risks and consequences of kidney disease in people’s lives. Kidney disease represents a mortal risk to patients, as well as an emotional and psychological burden that can determine someone’s overall happiness.

Many times, accepting this illness should be based on the values and dreams that we have had since we were small. When I was a child, I became fascinated with the Star Wars stories. Playing at being a Jedi knight, with ships and light sabers, I learned how to believe in hope and in the certainty that the forces of good will always overcome the forces of evil. Like many children, I learned to believe in Jedi heroism: unselfish, based in courage and the force of will. When kidney disease clouded my hopes, I had to return to this force. As my condition worsened, an osmosis and a hemodialysis machine were installed in my home. I feared that these machines were taking away from my human condition.

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I looked at them like an evil force that robbed my last strength from me and which would probably convert me into some kind of Darth Vader. It was a destiny that I was not ready to accept, but my chances of survival seemed to be becoming slimmer. It was then that I looked for the help of a psychiatrist. The doctor told me to take a different perspective regarding the machines. They weren’t respirators or robotic prostheses, but friendly beings that would help me to complete my mission of survival just as the droids that accompanied Luke Skywalker to victory did. I decided to name them, of course, R2-D2 and C-3PO.

In this way, I slowly began to accept that my destiny was not to let myself be conquered by death and the Dark Side, but to live and demonstrate that the Force and goodwill will always win. With this mentality, I overcame my illness and I recuperated quickly after the transplant. With this same kind of bravery, I am going to climb the highest, riskiest peaks of the world, to show that heroism still exists yet depends on us to find it and empower it within ourselves. Kidney disease does not mean the final stop in life: it is simply a reason to continue fighting.

You, also, can help in the fight against this evil that has threatened the happiness and longevity of many people. You can begin by becoming informed, by donating the resources that hospitals need to help more patients with kidney disorders. You, also, can turn yourself into a hero for someone in need.

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