41 years old - Memphis, Tennessee - Featured on March 6, 2010
In-Center Patient Inspires Through Poetry
Fresenius Medical Care dialysis patient Vickie Lusby and her son, Ken, visit her parent's house in her hometown of Mound Bayou, Miss during a summer vacation.
Vickie Lusby is a 41-year-old dialysis patient who has been taking an active role in her kidney health treatment for over a decade. The Memphis, Tenn., resident believes that kidney disease education and prevention are what helped her stay healthy after being diagnosed with hypertension at age 24. Her focus on kidney health enabled her to delay her need for dialysis until April 2007, when she began in-center hemodialysis at Fresenius Medical Care Southaven.
But Vickie is more than a patient at Fresenius Medical Care Southaven. She also is an office assistant at the clinic, where she offers encouragement to other patients through her personal story and the poetry that she shares with new patients. Vickie’s positive attitude and involvement in the renal community are an inspiration to patients and staff alike. She is coordinating a fundraising walk in October to raise money for kidney disease. The event will provide free kidney screenings to the community while spreading Vickie’s kidney education/prevention message.
Vickie says her 10-year-old son, Ken, who provides her with loving support, is her source of inspiration. Actively involved at his school, she helps with afterschool fieldtrips and fundraisers. She also stresses the importance for dialysis patients to have an outlet where they can express themselves. For Vickie it’s poetry, which often includes her thoughts and feelings about dialysis. She also emphasizes the importance of hobbies such as gardening. Her appreciation of the simple pleasures that life has to offer, like relaxing and seeing her flowerbeds in bloom in the spring, enriches her life.
Vickie’s dedication to the dialysis field and its patients is shaping her future. She is studying to become a registered nurse and expects to graduate in December.