38 years old - Morganton, North Carolina - Featured on September 29, 2010
Dedicated Family Man Encourages Other Patients to Stay Strong
Scott Williams encourages fellow Fresenius Medical Care dialysis patients to take care of themselves and live life to the fullest.
At age 38, Scott Williams refuses to let his kidney failure slow him down. When he was young, he developed diabetes, one of the major risk factors for kidney disease. He also had heart problems, and eventually these conditions led to his kidney failure. Scott has been receiving in-center hemodialysis treatment at Fresenius Medical Care Burke County in Morganton, N.C., for five years. He hopes to get a kidney transplant in the future, but for now is on a waiting list.
Scott says he has a great relationship with his medical team, and is completely dedicated to his care program. He is also enthusiastic about helping other patients, and will sometimes stay after his own treatment to talk and encourage them to stay motivated.
“Don’t ever give up," he says. "Dialysis seems tough at the get go, but it’s important to stay positive and listen to your health care team."
Scott is married and has three children, who are all very involved in extra-curricular activities. He enjoys spending as much time with his kids as possible. In addition to being a family man, Scott also enjoys hunting and fishing.
At the end of July 2010, Scott is planning a family vacation, ideally somewhere with good antique shopping and plenty of activities for the kids. When he travels, his social worker makes it easy by helping to find a Fresenius Medical Care clinic near his destination using the Patient Travel Service, which arranges his treatment on the road.
Fresenius Medical Care is happy to announce that since this profile was written, Scott has received a kidney transplant.