Antonio Richardson, a passionate and animated Choices class volunteer for years. He shares the wealth of knowledge he gained through his transition to kidney failure, spending 7 years on in center hemodialysis, then receiving a deceased donor kidney transplant.
Sherry Languille RN, a longtime hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis nurse, who generously volunteers to facilitate web-based Aloha Kidney classes in Maui. She is an invaluable caring, knowledgeable and experienced resource for those with CKD living on the island of Maui.
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Queens Punchbowl site changed to HMSA Koa Room for series beginning May 19, 2018
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Vern Webb RN, a nurse with experience in dialysis
as a nurse, educator, facility manager, and clinical coordinator. He has seen first hand the positive impact of Aloha Kidney on those who transition to dialysis and he often comes to Saturday classes to be a resource for you.
Judy Mikami RN, MPH an advocate for the education and care of so many on Moloka'i through her efforts with Na Pu'uwai Native Hawaiian Health Center and beyond. She was instrumental in web classes for Aloha Kidney coming to fruition and hosting these classes on Moloka'i.
Renee Masuyama RN, a longtime hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis nurse in Hilo generously volunteers to facilitate web-based Aloha Kidney classes in Hilo. She is an invaluable, knowledgeable, caring and experienced resource for those with CKD living on the Big Island.
Ku'ulei Alama-Francis RN has many years experience in CCU, ICU, palliative care, hospice and caring for those with chronic kidney disease. As a CKD navigator she has helped patients understand how to take the next step as planned with their doctors. She often comes Monday eves to the Castle series.
Ramona Wong MD, a Honolulu nephrologist who created Aloha Kidney and retired her practice to provide expert, unbiased, no cost education as a public health outreach effort for those in Hawaii and beyond, who are interested in, at risk for, or have Chronic Kidney Disease.
Since you are the one that decides what to eat, do, think and feel, you are a co-creator of your bodily existence.
Understanding the rules of the body allows you to mindfully nudge yourself towards health or nudge yourself towards chronic disease. Many have developed chronic diseases like obesity, metabolic syndrome, diabetes type 2, high blood pressure, heart disease, chronic kidney disease (CKD), stroke, or circulation problems to their limbs due to not fully understanding and embracing the bodily impact of their daily choices.
It's never too early or too late to learn, there's so much of your body, health and life to enjoy, appreciate and protect. Come learn with us and you can live mindfully ever after!
- Chronic kidney disease (CKD), or
- Excess urine protein, or
- Want to prevent CKD, or
- At risk for CKD due to obesity, diabetes, high BP, prior heart attack, stroke, PAD, prior acute kidney injury, stones, family with CKD, etc
All Aloha Kidney classes are taught by a kidney specialist (nephrologist). CKD navigators are MDs or RNs, each with more than 20 years experience in caring for those with kidney disease.
Laurie Lum, an O'ahu resident has attended Aloha Kidney classes when diagnosed with CKD, later developing kidney failure requiring dialysis. Her efforts to perform home peritoneal dialysis failed. She underwent in center hemodialysis until receiving a living donor kidney from person she never met, who heard of her kidney failure through facebook!
Wendy Reeves, an O'ahu local who has been a loyal, committed, articulate volunteer at every Choices class for years. She shares her journey with CKD, acute kidney failure, transition to peritoneal dialysis, and her life now after a kidney transplant from her sister, for the benefit of all present.