Cristina Howorun

My diagnosis with end stage kidney disease came suddenly. One day I was on –air, delivering news reports- the next, I was hooked up to an IV in a hospital. Although genetic, it took me, my family, my partner and my friends by surprise. My friends, family and I, cried.

Now I spend my nights hooked up to a dialysis machine, limiting my ability to travel, to spend the night with my niece and nephew, to work late. My whole life is dictated by 56 hours of dialysis every week, and my very real exhaustion.  We are all waiting on baited breath for a transplant, so that I can go back to being the energetic, healthy aunt, sister, daughter, partner and friend, that I once was.  

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Dani Gagnon