National Kidney Foundation to Hold Free Kidney Disease Screening in Knoxville
Past participant shares her story on prevention
(Knoxville, TN) – March is National Kidney Month and everyone should be getting their kidneys checked out — just ask Knoxville resident Mary Croes.
At 86, Croes is active and painting up a storm at the O’Connor Senior Center, but it might not have been that way if she didn’t attend a free Kidney Early Evaluation Program (KEEP) screening organized by the National Kidney Foundation.
A similar KEEP screening will take place this Thursday, March 29 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the O’Connor Senior Center.
As a retired nurse, Croes knew the importance of preventative health, but didn’t realize her own kidneys weren’t functioning properly. It was by chance that she got her kidneys checked out – while attending her regular painting class she decided to pop out early to the screening.
“I happened to see the screening take place and went through,” she said. “I was out in an hour, it was like making a quick visit to the hospital.”
After the screening, Croes with diagnosed with reduced kidney function, hydronephrosis and also discovered she also had a kidney stone. The diagnosis allowed her to get proper treatment so she can avoid the need for dialysis or a kidney transplant.
“It’s something that is very hidden and not really scary,” Croes said of the kidneys and kidney disease. “But you don’t want to be on dialysis at all.”
Over 26 million Americans have some kind of kidney disease, and most don’t know it because often the physical indications show up when the disease has progressed to its end stages. Some people are pre-disposed to chronic kidney disease if they have diabetes, hypertension, obesity or a family history of kidney disease. Chronic Kidney Disease is especially problematic in Black, Hispanic and other minority communities, as well as in the seniors.
Croes, will be on hand at the KEEP screening this week spreading her personal message of prevention. She is encouraging all to come out to the screening on Thursday.
“It’s a wonderful service,” she said.
March 29, 2012
Kidney Early Evaluation Program
Free health screening – see if you are at risk of kidney disease
8 a.m. and 1 p.m.
O’Connor Senior Center
611 Winona Street
Knoxville, TN 37917