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Elizabeth Mullins

Elizabeth Mullins

Phosphorus…

Ask anyone who is on dialysis and they will tell you that phosphorus is a constant issue. Phosphorus is an element that is in so many foods, nearly every food you pick up in the grocery store…soda pop (especially dark ones like Coke and Pepsi), lunch meats, frozen foods, nuts, beans, dairy products, and on and on. For people with healthy kidneys, phosphorus is not really an issue because kidneys filter out excess phosphorus. But, when your kidneys fail, phosphorus can begin to build up in the body. It can cause arthritis, brittle bones, and hardening of the arteries of the heart. Since phosphorus can be unavoidable, no matter how hard you try, when you’re on dialysis, you must take phosphorus blockers. I take two Auryxia with every meal. Now, taking the pills is no big deal, but all phosphorus blockers have one thing in common: they cause…ummm…digestive issues (if you know what I mean). We’re not talking minor issues. Some days, I can hardly leave the house because of it! I will be so glad to get a kidney transplant and get off this medication! If you know someone on dialysis, please try to encourage them. It’s not an easy road we walk. If you’d be interested in being tested to see if you might be a match to donate a kidney to me, go to my website at Kidney4Elizabeth.com and click on the button at the bottom of the “My Story” section. If you would like to donate to my transplant journey, please go to my GoFundMe page at gofundme.com/f/kidney4elizabeth Thank you so much and God bless!

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