48 years old - Urbandale, Iowa - Featured on April 1, 2011
Work and Travel Keeps Family Man Motivated
Stuart Johnsrud works full time, is active in his community, and cares for his family.
Stuart Johnsrud of Urbandale, Iowa was diagnosed with diabetes at the age of three, and in 1989 he suffered kidney failure due to glomerulosclerosis. His treatments began with peritoneal dialysis (PD), followed by in-center hemodialysis, and then a kidney transplant in 1994. In 2006, his transplant failed and he went back to in-center hemodialysis.
In spite of all the challenges that he's faced over the years, Stuart continually inspires others with his commitment to his family, community involvement and positive outlook on life.
Stuart has chosen to receive in-center hemodialysis treatments, in part because his father-in-law dialyzes at the same clinic. Making the most of his time at the clinic, he often works or reads while he's dialyzing. Or he might be found planning a surprise for his family, getting tickets to a Miley Cyrus concert for his daughter, or planning a dinner with his wife.
Not many dialysis patients can manage a full-time job, but Stuart is the vice president of the family trucking business and travels frequently, using the Fresenius Medical Care Patient Travel Service to arrange for treatments on the road.
Heavily involved with community organizations, Stuart helps with audio-video work at his church, is a member of the Des Moines Christian School board, a chairperson on the Des Moines Christian School Development Committee, a member of the Nominating Committee for the School Board, and has served on the Art curriculum review committee for the 2009-2010 school year.