53 years old - Bonita, California - Featured on March 10, 2010
Traveling is Key to Staying Upbeat and Positive
Fresenius Medical Care patient Gracie Castro with her two sons and grandson in Florida.
Gracie is a 53-year-old dialysis patient who lives with her husband, Tony, in Bonita, Calif. Gracie was diagnosed with end stage renal disease (ESRD) in 1997 and started receiving in-center hemodialysis at Fresenius Medical Care Chula Vista.
Despite her setbacks, Gracie believes that everyone should live their life to the fullest and not let dialysis bring them down. She is incredibly active in the renal community and is a part of the Southern California Renal Disease Council and the Fresenius Medical Care Patient Advisory Board. Gracie keeps herself busy by volunteering at her church and helping seniors by visiting and calling them. Gracie also enjoys traveling every two years and uses the Fresenius Medical Care Patient Travel Service to arrange her dialysis treatments during her travel. When she's not involved in one of those activities, she enjoys sketching pictures.
Gracie and her husband will be celebrating their 36th wedding anniversary this year. She has three sons and nine grandchildren, who she loves to visit. Before she went on dialysis, Gracie had a full-time job as the manager of an obstetrics clinic.
In the near future, Gracie plans to travel to Texas, New England, and a cruise in Alaska. Gracie thinks traveling is a great experience, and encourages other dialysis patients to travel if they have the means. By getting out of the same routine, she says, you can come back refreshed and re-energized with an open mind.