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Lisa Calestino

41 years old - Smithfield, Rhode Island - Featured on May 13, 2011

Home Hemodialysis Patient Thrives on Travel

When not working full-time as a veterinary technician, Lisa Calestino enjoys traveling with her husband.

Lisa Calestino lives in Smithfield, R.I. and works as a veterinary technician. At age 10, she was vacationing in Europe with her family when she was diagnosed with end stage renal disease (ESRD). The disease was congenital, and Lisa has been on dialysis ever since. Now 41-years old, Lisa has tried several different types of dialysis treatments over the years.

Lisa began her treatment with peritoneal dialysis (PD), and then moved to in-center hemodialysis. She also had four kidney transplants and tried in-center nocturnal dialysis in 2004 at Fresenius Medical Care Warwick. She is now on home hemodialysis, which she found out about at a FMCNA Treatment Options Program (TOPs) session. TOPs sessions are hosted on a regular basis at FMCNA locations around the U.S., and inform at-risk patients and their families about chronic kidney disease (CKD) and treatments for kidney failure.

Lisa now administers her own dialysis for several hours, four times a week at home after work. She said she feels great, and sleeps well at night. One of the things Lisa likes the most about home treatment is that she now has a more flexible lifestyle, and can travel more easily with her husband. She regularly uses Fresenius Medical Care's Patient Travel Service, and they travel to Florida every April, along with recently taking a trip to Europe.