When Kidneys Fail A Story of Faith

When Kidneys Fail is the autobiography of Steve’s journey with kidney disease. It is written to help people with kidney disease, as well as their family and friends, to better understand what lies ahead, His hope is that his experiences will somehow help you in your own journey. Steve shares the choices he made along the way, why he made them, and the results those choices created for him. Steve’s journey led him to a life or death decision. His trust in the Lord is the cornerstone of his journey.

There is no easy way to hear that one needs dialysis, and it is probably even harder to receive a cancer diagnosis. Many people think they know what they would do when faced with these kinds of life-altering events. They may have preconceived notions about what therapies they will and will not accept. But when the time comes, and one faces the terrifying truth, decisions and behavior may change.

Mr. White was faced with both of these diagnoses, compounded by a diagnosis of Covid-19, which led him to look fear in the eyes and make decisions about his care that shocked even him. His faith in the Lord carried him all along his journey, giving him strength to ultimately navigate his medical issues.

Medicine is not always straightforward, and often medical problems and situations evolve over time as new information is revealed. Through his book When Kidneys Fail – A Story of Faith, Mr. White highlights his journey through the dreaded diagnosis, ultimately taking him to the brink of death and back again.

Dr. Sarah Friend, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology

Steve White’s, When Kidney Fail, is an open and honest description of his journey with kidney disease, his struggles navigating the world of transplant, and the decision to live with dialysis as seen through the eyes of an actual patient. It is a valuable resource to others who may find themselves in this situation along with their families. It is a story of how his faith in God helped him find the strength to decide to live with the diagnosis and help others by sharing his personal testimony.

Denise Neal

RN. BSN, BS, CPTC, Transplant Coordinator

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