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Five years ago, my mom, Lisa Simes was diagnosed with a very rare autoimmune disease, Goodpasture Syndrome, which affects your lungs and (or) kidneys. Unfortunately for her, it affected both, and her kidneys failed shortly after diagnosis and she had to start dialysis while she waits for a lifesaving kidney transplant.

My mom is a strong, single parent and takes care of me and my two siblings; I am 14, my sister is 16 and our little brother is 12 and has autism. Nothing stops my mom from being a great mother. She grew up in Warrenton, NC and graduated from Warren County High. She is now finishing up her college major in Criminal Justice Technology. Her illness forced my mom to have a setback years ago when she was in her beginning stages of pursuing her career. My siblings and I saw the struggle in my mom as she tried to take care of us while dealing with declining health, but she managed to do well.

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April 19, 2016

“Taking it One day at a Time”! — Blessed

February 19, 2016

Emergency dialysis, I hate , but it saved my life. From that point, my life has been a roller coaster and I had to live no only for myself but for my children. There were times when I wanted to give up because i just couldn’t take the pain, being in and out of the hospital, I have had a tracheostomy prior to my diagnosis, my healthy body I thought I always had was declining and to now being hooked up to a machine has been so overwhelming to me but also a blessing to me. It has made me so, so ,so strong. Now I look back at all my struggles and battles to only realize that only the STRONG SURVIVE! And it was worth it to still have a privilege to be here with my children; Timisha, Aliyah and Tj, I Love You all!! I’m here to stay and beat Kidney Disease and support it. We support #kidneydisease and #Autism

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