Moving forward with patience


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Joanne McMahon did everything she could to delay the onset of dialysis.

Her journey with kidney disease began at age 32, when a kidney biopsy had her diagnosed with membranoproliferative glomerulonephritis — a form of kidney disease likely caused by an infection.

“I attended dialysis preparation classes, followed a kidney-friendly diet, and took medications as prescribed,” Joanne says.

Supplied photo Joanne McMahon has been living with kidney disease for 35 years, with the help and support of her husband, Wade. Heart them share their story, and listen to guest speaker Dr. Jay Hingwala, at the Kidney Foundation Patient Education Symposium on Oct. 20.

In 2017, 33 years after her initial diagnosis, Joanne began peritoneal dialysis. Coping with a chronic disease can be overwhelming for many. For Joanne, education, knowledge, and support from her husband Wade keeps her moving forward.

“I found the first step was to accept the disease, put one foot in front of the other, and take each day as it comes,” Joanne says.

“I do my best to stay healthy, follow medical recommendations, and remain positive.”

On Oct. 20, you are invited to join Joanne, Wade, and keynote speaker Dr. Jay Hingwala at the Kidney Foundation Patient Education Symposium.

The symposium is a great way for people to come together, enjoy a cooking demonstration followed by a renal-friendly lunch, and learn how new research is working to improve the lives of the one in nine Manitobans living with kidney disease.

The need for support continues to increase, as Manitoba has the highest rate of kidney disease in Canada and there is no cure.

Kidney disease affects individuals of all ages, their families and their communities. The Kidney Foundation is here to provide hope, support, empowerment, and engagement so people are not alone on their journey.

For more information on the patient education symposium, please contact Armando Versace, programs manager at the Kidney Foundation by calling 204-989-0806 or emailing him at

Kidney Foundation

Kidney Foundation

The Kidney Foundation develops programs, services, research opportunities and awareness campaigns that have had a positive impact on the millions of Canadians living with, or at risk of developing kidney disease. Its national research program is one of the most important sources of funding for scientists conducting kidney-related research. We are also committed to providing education, information and support about kidneys and kidney disease.

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