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Jaya's Story

Ashmi Katwaroo passed away from complications brought on by 13 years as a dialysis patient in November 2011. She was only 60 years old. Her death left her 23-year-old daugher Jaya without her greatest support in her own life-long battle with kidney problems.

Jaya is one of an estimated 2.6 million Canadians who have, or are at risk for, kidney disease. In most cases, the condition progresses slowly, often destroying most of a person’s renal function before causing any symptoms.

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Elizabeth's Story

Wife, mother, daughter, friend, employee, co-worker and volunteer—these are the adjectives Elizabeth Aquino uses to define herself.

Elizabeth is just one of the many dialysis patients in Ontario who are not eligible for a kidney transplant and will rely on dialysis for the rest of their lives. A routine blood test when Elizabeth was 38 years old showed reduced kidney function, which was most likely caused by an undiagnosed infection. Three months later, through a kidney biopsy, she was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, and it was that disease that caused her kidneys to fail.

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