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


When this began, I turned to the Internet for information. I knew little of renal disease, dialysis or the transplant process and was determined to learn as much as I could about my condition and what I could expect. There is a wealth of information available on the Web -- statistics, definitions, charts and graphs. What was missing, though, was a detailed, step-by-step journal of the process from one person's point of view.

I tell stories through pictures as a living. This was an excellent opportunity to turn the camera around.

I hope that through this site, I can demystify dialysis and the kidney transplant process for patients and their families.


This site contains information regarding one person, with one disease, following one course of treatment. It is by no means meant to be the sole source of information regarding kidney disorders. Physicians are the best source of information about an individual's medical condition.


Images presented on this site were captured on a variety of films and digital media. For specific technical questions, please email John.

No photo was digitally altered and no animals were harmed during the shooting of this documentary.


Majority of images contained within this site are the property of John F. Martin III. Unauthorized use will result in heinous consequences and repercussions. If you would like to use an image for a related purpose, please write. All requests are considered and most are granted. An example of what I deem acceptable use is a picture being printed out for a term paper on a organ-transplant related topic.

Some pictures are copyright Gazette Communications, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

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