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Louis Slaughter

Nearly 20 years after starting dialysis, Louis Slaughter still gets outside frequently to golf, hunt and fish. Staying physically active makes him feel better, he says.

53 YEARS OLD- LANSING, MICHIGAN           

Golf Helps Michigan Patient Stay Active and Feel Better

Louis Slaughter began receiving dialysis treatments nearly 20 years ago in 1994. He stopped for several years after receiving a kidney transplant in 1997, then resumed dialysis in 2005 when his body rejected the transplanted organ. Through it all, he’s tried to stay physically active, primarily by playing golf, hunting and fishing.

These days, he plays golf regularly, participating in two or three tournaments per year, usually with his son. Staying physically active makes him feel better, he says, and that has given him a whole new appreciation for his health and fitness.

Louis previously worked as a contractor, but he had to stop working when he was first diagnosed with kidney failure. He eventually returned to full-time work as a pastor, and was inspired to begin playing golf while traveling to give workshops and seminars as part of his ministry.

Louis gives much of the credit to his wife, who cooks frequently and helps him stick to a dialysis-friendly diet. He’s also thankful for the support of his four children, members of his church, and the staff of Fresenius Medical Care’s Lansing West dialysis clinic.

His advice for other dialysis patients is simple: stay active and you’ll feel better. “Exercise not only improves your overall health,” he says, “it helps you maintain a normal lifestyle.”