43 years old - Bristol, Tennessee - Featured on March 4, 2010
Keeping an Active Lifestyle with PD
In addition to fishing and golfing, Fresenius Medical Care dialysis patient Kelly Miller keeps physically fit by refereeing community basketball games.
Kelly Miller, 43, didn’t have time to let his dialysis treatment schedule slow him down. He turned to peritoneal dialysis (PD) and uses the Liberty® Cycler, a machine that allows him to self-administer his dialysis at home while he sleeps, in order to maintain the active lifestyle he led before his kidney failure in May 2009.
Kelly, who began PD at Fresenius Medical Care Bristol in Tennessee, enjoys the flexibility the treatment offers him and continues to work full-time as a civil designer. In his spare time, he is a volunteer referee for community basketball games, and he seizes the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors “every time the sun is shining.”
He is an inspirational example of what living on dialysis can mean and he is a true patient champion, encouraging other patients to live life to the fullest and pursue hobbies. Even after being diagnosed with Celiac disease in 2005, which requires him to maintain a diabetic, renal, cardiac and gluten-free diet, and having triple and quadruple bypass surgeries, Kelly and his wife, Penny, continue to enjoy an active lifestyle.
In fact, Kelly says PD is a key contributing factor to his lifestyle and he advises other dialysis patients to find out if home dialysis options may work for them as well.
“There are many benefits to PD, but what I’ve found is that it frees up my time so I can continue to do the things I love, including an annual week-long bass fishing trip in Alabama with my family,” he says. “It’s easy to travel with the equipment. I pack the machine and a suitcase along with my fishing poles and I’m gone!”
Having flexibility with his time also allows Kelly to stay active within his local church, Highlands Fellowship. He gives all the credit for his life to God, his wife and family.
Fresenius Medical Care is happy to announce that since this profile was written, Kelly has received a kidney transplant.