Heart transplant patient with possibly days left to live weds high school sweetheart in Chicago hospital chapel

Javi Rodriguez and Crystal Cuevas exchange vows during their wedding. (Brian Cassella / Chicago Tribune)1 / 13 A little past noon Wednesday, around 50 friends, family members and hospital staff at the University of Chicago Medical Center squeezed into a chapel in a corner of the hospital’s seventh floor to celebrate the wedding of a 23-year-old patient expected to be …

November Is Diabetes Awareness Month

Did you know that diabetes is the number one cause of kidney disease? In fact, it’s estimated that 1 in 3 adults with diabetes also has kidney disease.This month, learn about the link between diabetes, dialysis and a kidney diet.      WATCH VIDEO      The Diabetes Dialysis Diet If you have diabetes and you’re on dialysis, it’s important to know how to maintain a …

My Journey…

Let’s not mince words: John Rodríguez needs a kidney donor as soon as possible. In late 2018, John received a strong warning from his doctor, who said he wouldn’t live to see 2019. Facing the prospect of his untimely demise, John assessed his options. His doctor assured him dialysis was the only way forward. Since then everything has gone well, …