49 years old - Semmes, Alabama - Featured on September 29, 2010
Alabama Patient Thrives on Strong Relationship with Staff
Anita Henderson encourages other patients at Fresenius Medical Care to learn about all of the available dialysis treatment options.
Anita Henderson is an in-center hemodialysis dialysis patient at Fresenius Medical Care Magnolia in Semmes, Ala. Her kidney failure was caused by hypertension. Before she chose her treatment program, she attended an FMCNA Treatment Options Program (TOPs) session, which helped educate her about dialysis and the various forms of treatment that are available. After considering her options, she chose daytime in-center hemodialysis, and she has been in treatment since May 2008.
"To feel comfortable with treatment, I encourage everyone to try to learn as much as you can about your situation and to stay encouraged and focused," Anita says. In the future, Anita is interested in switching to home dialysis, but doesn’t want to start until her 3-year-old grandson is a little older. "I stay so busy with him at home, so for now in-center dialysis is better for me."
One of the reasons Anita has done well on in-center hemodialysis is because she enjoys interacting with the Fresenius Medical Care staff, and getting their advice about maintaining good health. She says the nurses, technicians, and nutritionists all play key roles in her life. "I constantly communicate with everyone there, and I know they are there to help me." Additionally, Anita shares her dialysis story with new patients to encourage them to be positive and to help alleviate their fears. “I see a lot of new patients, I tell them to take it one day at a time, and each day it gets better and better.”
Anita, who grew up in Prichard, Ala., is married and has two daughters and two grandchildren. In her free time she likes to read, sing, shop, and minister to people in her community. She also likes to travel, and plans on going to New Orleans later this summer. She has also used the Fresenius Medical Care Patient Travel Service to help plan longer trips when she needs to receive dialysis away from home.
Now that Anita has settled into a routine with her treatment program, she is considering going back to work. Prior to her kidney failure, she was a daycare director, and she is now looking at other career options so she can resume a more active lifestyle.