51 years old - Lewisburg, W.Va. - Featured on March 26, 2010
Family and Outdoor Activities Keep Longtime Patient in Good Spirits
Fresenius Medical Care dialysis patient Tim Morgan has lived with ESRD for 32 years, but he doesn't let that get in the way of his family time or his favorite hobby, gardening.
Tim Morgan has been on and off of dialysis for the past 32 years, and has had two transplants, one of which lasted 19 years. But he hasn’t let kidney failure stop him from leading a full and satisfying life. The 51-year-old dialysis patient from Caldwell, W.Va., receives his in-center hemodialysis treatment at Fresenius Medical Care Greenbrier County, and he's a continual source of inspiration for patients and staff at his facility.
Tim was diagnosed with hypertension when he was 19, and has been on dialysis ever since. During this time, he has tried home dialysis and in-center dialysis treatment options. In addition to working as a part-time school bus driver for the county, Tim enjoys spending time outdoors, either hunting or riding his four-wheeler. Tim and his wife are passionate gardeners, and their green thumbs have resulted in several blue ribbons from contests at The State Fair of West Virginia. Tim is also known for his carpentry skills and currently builds cribs and bed frames. His active lifestyle inspires other patients to continue pursuing their hobbies and interests while still remaining dedicated to their treatments.
“I tell people that dialysis is my job. It is my responsibility to come to treatment and take care of myself," says Tim. "Plus, it’s not so bad only working four hours at a time, three days a week,” he jokes.
It is this continual humor that keeps him and his family so upbeat about his condition. When Tim isn’t in his garden or enjoying his outdoor activities, he also enjoys watching his son play baseball at a military school and hearing from his daughter, a college student who is also enlisted in the Navy.