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Joann Ratliff

62 years old - Burnsville, W.Va. - Featured on March 25, 2010

High Energy Great-Grandmother Works Full-Time and Enjoys Hobbies

Fresenius Medical Care dialysis patient Joann Ratliff enjoys reading, playing billiards and cooking.

Burnsville, W.Va., native Joann Ratliff lived with chronic kidney disease (CKD) for eight years before it escalated to end stage renal disease (ESRD). She had always been an active, energetic person, but started to notice a significant decline in her energy level as her kidney disease progressed to kidney failure.

In March 2008, Joann began in-center hemodialysis, and she goes to Fresenius Medical Care Weston every other day for treatments.

Joann, 62, still works full time as a residential care specialist, helping mentally and physically challenged individuals care for themselves and become more independent. She teaches her clients basic life skills including cooking, shopping and personal hygiene.

In addition to working full time, Joann is very involved with her family. She has four children, eight grandchildren and one great grandson, and visits with them often. An avid pool player, she enjoys shooting pool with one of her grandsons. She also loves to cook and read in her spare time.

Joann “thanks the lord that she’s living” and does not allow her ESRD to stop her from enjoying life to the fullest. She is currently training on home hemodialysis at her dialysis facility with the assistance of her daughter, and hopes the freedom of home treatments will enable her to better accommodate dialysis treatments into her work and family schedule.