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Carmichael Griffin

31 years old - Washington, North Carolina - Featured on January 31, 2011

Music and Theater Keep Dialysis Patient Active and Motivated

After 12 years on in-center hemodialysis, Carmichael Griffin remains active in his local arts community through acting and producing music.

Like many patients who suffer from kidney failure, Carmichael Griffin has had challenges to overcome during his life. For the last 12 years he's been receiving in-center hemodialysis at Fresenius Medical Care Pamlico in Washington, N.C., but his love of music and acting has always kept him motivated to chase down his dreams.

Carmichael started producing music when he was 13, and has run his own music studio, Micacar Studios, for seven years. He produces many different styles of music, including gospel, R&B and soul. He also sings, plays the keyboard, writes songs and composes music.

Active in the theater since childhood, Carmichael has performed in six stage plays in North Carolina. The most recent, "They Said I Wouldn’t Make It," has been the most successful. The play is currently being made into a short film, and Carmichael is hoping to have a role in the movie.

Carmichael continues to follow his dreams and aspirations, and always believes he can achieve his goals, while still living an active and productive life – despite needing dialysis.

"Dialysis is life-changing, but patients can still live fulfilling lives," says Kathy Galloway, RN, clinical manager at Fresenius Medical Care Pamlico. "Carmichael shows a lot of happiness and pride while acting, and I’m proud of him. I hope he continues to follow his dreams."