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My name is Kelly Evans. I have been a Type 1 diabetic for 35 years. My kidneys failed two years ago and I began peritoneal dialysis a few months later. Currently I do four dialysis exchanges every night as I sleep. In the morning, I disconnect and go to work.

Dialysis is like a band-aid. It’s a lot to manage and my energy takes a hit by the end of the day. Most days, I feel like a personal chemistry project… juggling fluid levels, protein, salt, blood pressure, blood sugar and medicine. But I am alive! And for that I am very grateful. Without dialysis, my lifespan would be about 2 weeks.