Transplant recipient pleads for kidney disease awareness | Chicago News


It’s been seven years since Quin Taylor received a kidney transplant.

She was in college when her kidneys started to fail.

“I was diagnosed when I was 20. I was in school and my body freaked out,” Taylor said. “I had scabs on my legs, was very tired, frequent urination with lots of suds. I had my blood drawn and I got a phone call saying, ‘Miss Taylor, you need to go. in the ER, your kidneys are failing,” and that was one of the most defining moments of my life.

In the blink of an eye, Taylor’s life changed direction.

She was also joining her father in a battle with chronic kidney disease.

“When my doctor let me know I had to start dialysis, my dad was actually going back to dialysis after having a transplant that had taken him 10 years,” Taylor said. “So we literally went on dialysis together and sat across from each other and shared this experience together.”

Their journey has been difficult, but she says her father inspired her to keep fighting. After being on kidney dialysis for five years, Taylor received a transplant at age 32.

Her father, Eddie Taylor, died shortly after his transplant.

“It was a very difficult time losing him, but I still find peace that he knows I’m fine…and because he knows I’m gonna be fine and I had a kidney that he could help me. leave, so I could be awesome and do all of these wonderful things that I do today,” Taylor said.

She now makes it her mission to help others overcome the challenges of chronic illness through her business, Tayloring Gratitude.

“I think it’s so important for people to go to their health care provider and say I need to screen for kidney disease,” Taylor said. “I have diabetes, I have hypertension.”

Dr. Suneel Udani is a Nephrologist or Kidney Care Specialist, and also Chairman of the Advisory Board of the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois. He says if the disease is not detected in time, it could lead to dialysis or the need for a kidney transplant.

“As a nephrologist, I would say that the kidneys are essential. Yes, you can live with a kidney, that’s why people can donate a kidney and live a long healthy life and have no problems,” Udani said. “People are born with one kidney and often they have long healthy lives, but we have to be very careful to protect them.”

Last year, the National Kidney Foundation launched Kidney Health for Life, a campaign focused on educating and targeting the high rate of kidney disease among black, Asian and Latino populations.

“When we look at health disparity issues, for example, almost one in four black people are more likely to have kidney disease than the Caucasian population and for the Latino population it’s one in three “, said Jacqueline Burgess-Bishop, CEO of the National Kidney Foundation.

Known as a silent disease, Udani says, it’s common for people to live with the early stages of kidney disease and have no symptoms. In an effort to reach underserved communities, the foundation sends a kidney mobile vehicle to provide free testing.

“People just come in and can get a quick blood test and urine test and we get the test results very quickly, and there are doctors like me who will be there to interpret any abnormal results and we can provide them with resources in the community,” Udani said.

The National Kidney Foundation says more than 3,000 people are added to the kidney waiting list each month.

“Although I thrive on helping others survive,” Taylor said. “It’s not a life I would give to anyone. It’s hard. It’s full of ups and downs, but why would you add more to your life than necessary. Your body will be as good as you are.

As Taylor continues her work as an activist, survivor and motivational speaker, she says there is always someone by her side.

“My father is very proud of the work I do,” she said. “I wear this necklace in everything I do and inside it are my dad’s ashes, and I know he’s always with me. I know he’s part of my motivation.

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