Chapter One: Diagnosis
Chapter Two: Donor?
Chapter Three: Dialysis
Chapter Four: Transplant
Chapter Five: Recovery
From My Lens
 Chapter One: Diagnosis

Photo by Miranda Meyer

As kidney function declines, the kidneys produce less and less erythropoietin, a hormone that aids in the production of red blood cells (RBC). As the level of RBC declines, fatigue and anemia set in, leaving one constantly tired.

Science has produced a synthetic version of erythropoietin available under the brand names Epoetin or Procrit. I began receiving injections of Procrit in January 1999.

My body reacted well to them after a month or two, and my RBC levels would return to normal and I'd go off the shots. Eventually though, the levels decline again and more injections are necessary.

Previous photo Next photo

Homepage | About this Site | Site Map | Thanks | Contact Information
Copyright © 2000