Category Archives: Patient Stories

Back to Thompson: Family Trains on Home Hemodialysis to Get Back Home

The day Renee Healey has been waiting for is nearly here. After more than four months in Winnipeg, she and her 17-year-old daughter Iris will finally get to go back home to Thompson, Manitoba. “We can actually just get back to our lives again,” she says. “It’s been really kind of draining and hectic here.”

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Cy Bona – 92 Year Old Dialysis Patient Serenades in Unit Waiting Rooms

Music has always been part of 92-year-old Cyril Bona’s life. From the time he was a teenager, he loved to play and sing. But it took a bit of courage for him to get used to playing for others. “At first I was very shy about going on stage and playing and singing,” he remembers….
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MRP Using Innovative New Peritoneal Dialysis Equipment

In the fall of 2017, Manitoba Renal Program began piloting the use of a new home peritoneal dialysis (PD) machine. The new machine operates overnight while users sleep and has features such as a large touch screen, visual aids and voice prompts as well as the ability to community remotely with nurses in Winnipeg. The…
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Paul Harris: 90 Years Young and on Home Hemodialysis

Submitted by Paul Harris, Home Hemodialysis Patient In February of 2009 at the age of 81, I was told that my kidney function was at 10% and that I would require dialysis treatments three times per week for the rest of my life. Having turned 90 years old this past December, it gave me cause…
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Morning Greetings a Must for Dialysis Patient ‘Cowboy’

Richard with cowboy hat on in entry area of Health Sciences Centre

Just inside the doors of Health Sciences Centre’s Sherbrook Street entrance, a warm greeting awaits staff, patients and visitors coming in from the cold. Sitting among a group of patients, wearing his signature cowboy hat, Richard St Cyr loudly greets passersby.

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Baby Steps to Big Gains – How an Exercise Class for People with Kidney Disease is Changing Lives

For almost three years Gordon Thurston has been receiving dialysis three times a week. Before his kidneys failed, exercise was never a priority but when he heard about an exercise class for kidney disease patients, he decided to try it. “This Lean Keen Kidney Machine program – it’s helped me a lot.” Thurston says he…
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Barry Marks 25 Years on Hemodialysis

Sitting in a Seven Oaks General Hospital (SOGH) hemodialysis unit, Barry Kiriluk receives his routine dialysis treatment. Today marks 25 years of being on hemodialysis for the born-and-raised Winnipegger. Kiriluk started emergency hemodialysis at St. Boniface Hospital back in 1992. He had a failed attempt at peritoneal dialysis and also a failed transplant. He says…
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Kidney Failure: Symptoms & Stereotypes (VIDEO)

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Barry Spence Left Stranded During Episode of Illness Barry Spence was feeling the symptoms of end-stage kidney disease when he was kicked off a bus in rural Manitoba last month. “I was devastated,” says the 41-year old, sitting in a peritoneal dialysis training room at Seven Oaks General Hospital (SOGH). Spence is originally from Nisichawaysihk…
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Experiencing the Future of Home Hemodialysis

October 8, 2015 – For Darren Turner, everything seemed to happen at once. After experiencing some heartburn and visiting his family doctor, he ended up in hospital having arteries stented. The next day the doctor told him an ultrasound showed a mass on one of Turner’s kidneys and it was likely cancer. After a year…
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100 Miles a Day – A Cyclist’s Story of Kidney Disease

July 29, 2015 – There were days when Joseph Kollar logged 100 miles of cycling. The 67-year-old didn’t take up cycling until after his kidney transplant and once he got the green light from doctors, it became an activity he pursued whole-heartedly. “I bought a road bike from Hudson’s Bay,” he recalls. “On the weekend…
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Taking Your Work Home – MRP Employee Donates Kidney, Deals with Family Diagnosis

We previously talked about patient Cheryl Stagg. Now we look at the story of her sister Glenda’s kidney donation. July 8, 2015 – Manitoba Renal Program staff member Glenda Peebles is used to dealing with kidney disease through her work. As an Aboriginal Liaison Coordinator, Glenda supports patients living with all stages of kidney disease,…
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Derwin’s Story – Diagnosis & Peritoneal Dialysis

May 1, 2013 – Derwin Daniels has been living with kidney disease for about seven years. By the time he was diagnosed, he was already very sick and was upset to learn he would need dialysis. He transitioned to peritoneal dialysis and has learned how to manage his kidney disease. Watch Derwin share his story…
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