Meet Devon Osborne:
"Three days a week, I go to a center and have two very large needles stuck in my arm to remove and replace my blood as it passes through a process where it's cleaned and the fluid is removed, a process taking a little over four hours each time. I want to advance knowledge about dialysis so that other patients can learn from my experience and mistakes. We shouldn't have to reinvent the wheel, eh? There is so much to be learned and experienced about our predicament. There are vast resources available to support us and enrich our lives but many patients don't know about them. There are also many issues that we have to deal with whether we want to or not. So I blog about them."
It's not often you come across someone like Devon (at least not often enough). In 2008, he began the journey of readjusting to life on dialysis. This prompted him to start a blog (www.devontexas.com) and quickly become a force of inspiration, education and honesty for others navigating the complexities of kidney disease. What's great about Devon is that he doesn't downplay or shy away from discussing the hardships associated with dialysis. In fact, some of his posts such as "Dialysis and Depression" are honorably transparent. He confronts the challenges head on and searches for a solution. Topics range from how to deal with side effects such as sleep apnea and cramping, to legislative issues such as changes in reimbursement and insurance. Devon has you covered!
One of the reoccurring topics on the DevonTexas blog is how to follow the renal diet. This is an overwhelming challenge for both patients and caretakers. When we met Devon through an AAKP health-line webinar series, we were absolutely thrilled in his interest to try our kidney-friendly snacks. Read his complete review of our products here: http://devontexas.com/2015/11/15/dialysis-and-kidney-friendly-snacks/
Devon, thank you for everything you have done and continue to do for those living with kidney disease. You are an inspiration!