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I'd like people to know that you can head off kidney disease, maybe prevent a transplant or stop the disease from progressing after detection by doing a simple urine test in the doctor's office - Sean Elliott

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My Journey with Kidney Failure: From Engaged Patient to Patient Mentor

I was placed on dialysis when I was 30 years old. Before my diagnosis of end-stage renal disease (ESRD) or kidney failure, I had been an active, adventurous world traveler. I spent time in the Middle East, first in the Army, then later as a civilian defense contractor. When I finally rotated back to Kansas City, I got a job with a security company and starting fielding new opportunities that could send me around the world again.

It was around that time that I began to experience some health issues. I was rapidly gaining weight and performing even the simplest tasks would wipe me out. One night after work I decided to stop by an emergency room and get checked out. After the nurse…

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