65 years old - Westlake, Ohio - Featured on March 18, 2011
Home Dialysis Allows for More Time with Grandkids and Travel
Sharon Weber, a retired realtor, leads a full life on peritoneal dialysis, and encourages other patients to learn about their treatment options.
With five grandchildren in her family, Sharon Weber is grateful that she can dialyze at night and spend quality time with the kids during the day. A dialysis patient in Westlake, Ohio, Sharon has been on dialysis for nine months, and has a care team at Fresenius Medical Care Ohio Home Dialysis. After talking with a patient who explained the advantages of home dialysis, she decided to try peritoneal dialysis (PD), which allows her to do treatments on her schedule, in the comfort of her own home.
"Being on PD is great, but it also means I have to make a commitment to keep track of my treatments and overall health," she explains. “There's nothing I don’t do just because I’m on dialysis,” she says.
Sharon said she feels good and can function every day, doing chores, making dinner, and leading a full life. After working as a realtor for 30 years, she retired two years ago, and now works part-time for her husband's contracting business.
Given her positive experience with PD, Sharon says she’d like to help others who are facing dialysis by talking to them about the various treatment options. One of the big advantages of home dialysis is that whenever she's on the road, Sharon can simply take her supplies and dialysis machine with her. She has a condo on Catawba Island in Lake Erie, and has been going there for the last 25 years.