My Journey Through
Chronic Kidney Disease
Hi! I'm Ashley
Woman · Mother · Professional · Differently Abled
I am so glad you landed here! Welcome to my blog! This is my public journal of where I can share all things of Ashley Shanee. Essentially, this is a place to share my daily living as a woman, a mother, a daughter, a professional, and one living with chronic kidney disease in need of a living donor, and my life post-transplant. Here you will get to journey with me as I fight each day to live.
What is Chronic Kidney Disease?
What CKD Looks Like
When people develop chronic kidney disease (CKD), their kidneys become damaged and over time may not clean the blood as well as healthy kidneys. If kidneys do not work well, toxic waste and extra fluid accumulate in the body and may lead to high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and early death.
Common Among Adults
More than 1 in 7, that is 15% of US adults or 37 million people, are estimated to have CKD.*
As many as 9 in 10 adults with CKD do not know they have CKD.
About 2 in 5 adults with severe CKD do not know they have CKD.
Who CKD Affects
CKD is more common in people aged 65 years or older (38%) than in people aged 45–64 years (12%) or 18–44 years (6%).
CKD is slightly more common in women (14%) than men (12%).
CKD is more common in non-Hispanic Black adults (16%) than in non-Hispanic White adults (13%) or non-Hispanic Asian adults (13%).
About 14% of Hispanic adults have CKD.
Join Me On
I'm honored that you've chosen to engage with me and my journey towards health and healing. Whether you'd like to start the process of becoming a living donor, have a question for me, or would like me to come speak to your group or organization, please contact me! Let's work together.