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Margie Ellis

Margie Ellis, 2012 Fresenius Medical Care Champion in Motion, exercises and educates herself on living a better life on dialysis

Margie Ellis (second from the right) celebrated her Champion in Motion honor with social worker Abby Kendzoir, clinical manager Melinda Rusznak and the leader of her exercise group, Frederick Foster.

83 years old - Bethesda, Maryland

Maryland Woman Exercises at Church and Educates Herself about Living a Better Life on Dialysis

Margie Ellis is an 83-year-old dialysis patient in Bethesda, Maryland, who suffered kidney failure due to hypertension. She has been on in-center hemodialysis for 19 months, and receives care at Fresenius Medical Care Bethesda.

Although she didn't start exercising until after she began dialysis, Margie is now more active than many younger people. She started an exercise group for seniors at her church that focuses on cardio and strength-training exercises and meets two times a week for an hour-long session.

“Exercise is great for your balance and equilibrium and great for your outlook on life,” says Margie. “It also helps keep me independent and helps stimulate my brain activity.”

Margie makes an effort to educate herself about her condition so she can learn more about a healthy diet, exercise and other ways to get the most out of her treatments. She recently attended the National Kidney Foundation’s “People Like Us” patient conference, and also participated in FMCNA's Right Start program for patients new to dialysis. Under this program, new patients work with Fresenius Medical Care clinical staff to learn about their treatment plan, including information on taking medications, getting more physically active and living a better life on dialysis.