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COVID-19 Year In Review: A Patient Perspective

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Tuesday, May 11, 2021, 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET.

COVID-19 Year In Review: A Patient Perspective

Presenters:

Precious McCowan - Kidney Transplant Recipient
Dawn Edwards - Home Hemodialysis User

Biographies:

Precious McCowan is a two-time kidney transplant recipient. She was diagnosed with kidney disease in 2010 and received her first kidney and pancreas transplant the same year. When that kidney failed after seven months, Precious received in-center hemodialysis for eight years during which time she started her patient advocacy journey. Precious received her second kidney transplant in April 2019.

Dawn Edwards is the CEO of New York State CKD Champions, which is the advocacy and education group she was instrumental in founding. Dawn was diagnosed with kidney disease in 1992 and is currently using nocturnal home hemodialysis. She has also done in-center hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis, and short daily home hemodialysis. Dawn’s biggest accomplishment was reinventing herself after mastering home hemodialysis, starting New York State CKD Champions, and reentering the work force as a Home Dialysis Advocate.

Presentation Objectives:

The presenters will:

  • Discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic has shaped patient care.
  • Share tips for improving a patient's mental well-being.
  • Offer the patient perspective on how healthcare providers can help patients take a more active role in their care.