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Marshall Lewis

Marshall Lewis, Fresenius Medical Care 2012 Champion in Motion

Marshall Lewis works out almost every day, and meets with his clinic dietitians to make sure he maintains the proper diet to support his exercise routine

Exercise and weightlifting keep California man energized and happy.

Marshall Lewis is a 43-year-old dialysis patient in San Diego who suffered kidney failure in 2008, which was caused by nephritis, an inflammation in the kidneys. He said that his first year of treatment was difficult, and he was depressed about his condition. Yet he was determined to get on the right track and become more proactive about his health. After he began to exercise regularly and went on a healthier diet, his treatments and energy level started to improve dramatically.

Marshall recently switched his treatment from in-center hemodialysis during the day to in-center nighttime hemodialysis so he could have more daytime hours for work and other activities. He is very proactive about his healthcare and keeps in constant dialogue with his caregivers. By working with his clinic dietitians, he makes sure he has the right diet for his workouts, which includes lots of steamed vegetables, fish, and chicken.

"Our healthcare teams can help show us the way, but I believe that every patient needs to take responsibility for their own health," says Marshall. "I don't want people to feel sorry for me because I'm sick, and I use exercise to motivate me and make the most of my situation."

Working out six days a week is very unusual for a dialysis patient, but Marshall believes that it makes all the difference in his health. He goes to the gym early in the morning, and normally spends one hour doing cardio exercises and one hour lifting weights. While dialysis often makes patients tired after completing treatment, Marshall has lots of energy and will sometimes even go back to the gym after his therapy. As a result of his lean diet and exercise regime, Marshall went from 260 pounds to 219. With a young son and daughter, he said he needs all the energy he can get, and recently was a coach of his son's soccer team.