Kidney disease a burden for Northern Bay woman

World Kidney Day recognized at Carbonear General Hospital

Published on March 9, 2017

Everyone that attended the celebration getting ready to cut the cake.

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World Kidney Day is a global awareness campaign that emphasizes the importance of kidney health.

Jocelyn Boone is a dialysis patient at the hospital in Carbonear, and has been dealing with kidney problems her entire life, having been born with polycystic kidney disease. Boone says it was estimated she would live for only a day after she was born because of her illness, which enlarged her kidneys to 10 times their normal size.

Boone is now 35-years-old with a three-year-old daughter, but has been dealing with kidney disease her entire life, and has spent the last year and a half going back and forth to the hospital for dialysis treatment.

Boone says World Kidney Day is a great way to spread awareness of just how important kidneys are to a person’s health.

“It’s important for people to understand what other people go through,” said Boone, “and for them to know that it’s certainly not all hunky-dory.”

To take part in this campaign, the Trinity Conception Placentia Health Foundation and Eastern Health celebrated with some cake, a tour of the Carbonear hospital’s dialysis unit, and a song for dialysis patients, sung by staff members. The song was “Sweet Caroline”, originally by Neil Diamond, with the lyrics changed to relate to the dialysis unit.

The theme for this year’s World Kidney Day is kidney disease and obesity, both of which are directly correlated.

“As we all know, obesity is rampant in Newfoundland,” said Debbie Walsh, the Rural Avalon Director for Eastern Health. “It’s a growing epidemic across the world, especially in our province, and obesity is one of the strongest risk factors for the new onset of kidney disease.”

Boone added that the celebration of World Kidney Day at the Carbonear General Hospital reinforced the strong familial bond that the patients and nurses within the dialysis unit have.

“I couldn’t ask for better,” she said, “it’s like everyone knows each other on a personal level. They’re not just nurses to us — they’re our friends.”