Radio Fairfax 10-10-2017

Our guest today is Charissa Rice, Field Marketing Specialist, for NxStage she discusses her position to educate patients and family members on more frequent home hemodialysis as a treatment option. She says, “I want people to know that home hemodialysis can possibly change your conversations from starting with ‘I used to’ to ‘I can and still do’!”

Charissa was diagnosed with systemic lupus in 1997, during her junior year in college. The lupus caused her kidneys to fail in 2009, about the same time she was diagnosed with congestive heart failure. Charissa initially began three-times-weekly in-center hemodialysis, but it was extremely hard on her. Her nurse encouraged her to try more frequent home hemodialysis with the NxStage® System One™, as more frequent treatments would mean fewer ups and downs in fluid levels, which can affect the heart. Charissa recruited her girlfriend to be her care partner and they went through training together. Charissa went home the week before Christmas – what a great gift!

Charissa noticed significant changes after starting more frequent home hemodialysis therapy, including better blood pressure control with fewer medications, quicker recovery time after treatment, increased energy levels, and improved physical intimacy. She could spend more time with her husband, Enis, and their four children. Charissa also enjoyed the ability to go back to work and travel.

Charissa was blessed with a kidney transplant in June 2011, which lasted for 19 months. She resumed more frequent home hemodialysis in February 2013. Despite the health benefits that more frequent home hemodialysis may provide to those with chronic kidney disease, this form of therapy is not for everyone. Patients differ and not everyone will experience the reported benefits of more frequent home hemodialysis. All forms of hemodialysis, including treatments performed in-center and at home, involve some risks. In addition, there are certain risks unique to treatment in the home environment. Talk with your doctor to see if more frequent home hemodialysis with NxStage may be right for you. For more information go to NxStage.com

 

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Christian Talk 1160 AM April 8, 2017

Our first guest today is Chef Emily Frank, of C’est Cheese. She will be discussing National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day.  C’est Cheese Food Truck and  Klosterman Bread have teamed up for a National Grilled Cheese media tour.

Emily Frank Chef and Owner of C’est Cheese Food Truck created the idea after being  laid off in 2011, she  decided to leave the print industry for good and do something that she really loved. Emily was living in Chicago and knew the time was right to come back to her hometown and start a business which would also allow her to get involved in the community. She came up with the idea after owning a catering business in Chicago and knew that her next venture would be food-related. She frequented food trucks in other cities and, through research, learned that the mobile food industry was the single fastest growing sector in the restaurant industry. She recognized the absence of a grilled cheese truck in Cincinnati and knew that was a void I had to fill.

Emily has been doing the truck now for four years, and while she loves it and can’t imagine C’est Cheese not being around, there were 10 trucks when I started four years ago and now there are more than 60. It’s a very different world,” What’s next is Share Cheesebar, a retail cheese shop that will have seating for 30 to 40 people in 1,000 square feet to enjoy cheese or charcuterie plates paired with wine and craft beer. The retailer will have outdoor seating as well. It was never Frank’s intention to open a C’est Cheese restaurant. Rather, Share Cheesebar will be a place for patrons to purchase a wide selection of cheese, fresh bread and everything to accompany or pair with those items.

Emily will share a few fun facts about grilled cheese and the History of the Grilled Cheese and she  will be sharing some of her famous Grilled Cheese Sandwich recipes. For more information go www.klostermanbakery.com or cestcheesecincy.com

 

 

Harvey Wells, Photograph by Ralph Morang

Our second guest is Harvey Wells, Field Marketing Specialist, Nx Stage Medical, Inc.  Harvey first learned he had reduced kidney function when he was 18 years old; however, his kidneys never presented a problem for him until later in life. In January 1998, his kidneys failed and he began peritoneal dialysis at home. Later that year, he received a kidney transplant from his wife, Peggy, that lasted 8 years before eventually failing. Harvey then began conventional dialysis, visiting a dialysis center three days every week for sessions that each lasted 4½ hours. The treatments left him feeling fatigued and made traveling difficult.  Harvey then learned about the NxStage® System One™, a portable hemodialysis machine that would enable him to have his treatments at home on a more frequent basis. After completing training with Peggy, he began dialyzing at home in the spring of 2007. Harvey experienced such a significant improvement in his health and quality of life with more frequent hemodialysis sessions that he sought to share his story to help raise awareness of the therapy option. An avid traveler and RV enthusiast, Harvey took his NxStage System One “on the road,” stopping at dialysis centers from coast to coast to invite patients to watch him set up his own treatments, answer questions and share his story. He received a stipend from NxStage for his efforts and travel expenses.

Harvey received with a second kidney transplant in March 2011. He now works for NxStage, educating patients and family members on more frequent home hemodialysis as a treatment option. Harvey says, I want people to have better access to and more awareness of this life changing therapy. Despite the health benefits that more frequent home hemodialysis may provide to those with chronic kidney disease, this form of therapy is not for everyone. Patients differ and not everyone will experience the reported benefits of more frequent home hemodialysis. All forms of hemodialysis, including treatments performed incenter and at home, involve some risks. In addition, there are certain risks unique to treatment in the home environment. Talk with your doctor to see if more frequent home hemodialysis with NxStage may be right for you. for more information go to NxStage.com

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