Helen Bennett had her first REACH Kidney Care appointment in July 2016. When the REACH team in Spartanburg met Ms. Bennett, her vision was significantly diminished. She told the team that she had to use a magnifying glass to write in her journal. As her new REACH care coordinators began discussing Helen’s kidney health with her, she became teary eyed at the thought of End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) being another health obstacle she may have to face.
“We began to encourage and educate her with strategies to help prolong her kidney function,” said Caterrace Moore, BSN, RN, REACH Kidney Care of Spartanburg Care Coordinator. “We taught her about her diet and blood pressure and how she can monitor these on her own, in between doctor appointments. We were also able to explain to her how high blood sugar can cause significant vision problems in adulthood.”
Ms. Bennett quickly began to follow her new health plan. Because of REACH Kidney Care, she shared that she feels more responsible for monitoring her health. She now checks her blood pressure and blood sugar daily and is more aware of her daily diet choices.
“Although, I struggle with my new diet some days, it is a lifestyle change and I am already eating better now than I have in the past. I am thankful for the educators, dietitian, and employees of the REACH program because they have helped me achieve a better lifestyle,” Ms. Bennett shared.
Ms. Bennett is also thankful for her daughter, Jordan, who, she said, has been her rock. Jordan has helped her mother with health changes, organized her care, and transported her to many of her appointments.
“I do not know what I would do without her,” Ms. Bennett said.
“The relationship between Jordan and her mother is one of a kind,” added Caterrace. “Together, they have pulled through various trials that have strengthened their bond. Jordan is her biggest advocate.”
The REACH Kidney Care of Spartanburg team is pleased to report that Ms. Bennett’s blood sugar is now more controlled and her vision has improved enough to the point where she can drive again. In addition, Caterrace shared that Ms. Bennett seems happier.
“It has been exciting to see Ms. Bennett’s health improve over the course of her appointments,” said Caterrace. “At REACH, we get to walk alongside our patients as they navigate a new frontier. It is a privilege to be able to provide hope for people as they face kidney disease.”
“I am thankful I have my care coordinators at REACH so that I don’t have to go through kidney disease alone,” concluded Ms. Bennett. “And now, more than ever, I am appreciative of my health.”