September 26, 2010

Kidney Awareness Walk

Posted in Journal tagged , , , at 11:39 am by Jenn

As a Renal Dietitian I am shocked on a regular basis by the number of people who kidney disease impacts.  Just this past week we had 3 new patients start on dialysis (one only 27 years old)  and waiting for 3 more next week.  Dialysis is end stage renal disease.  At this point the only hope for the patient to stay alive is to begin dialysis treatment.  My clinic is one of the largest in the area with 140 something patients, but there are at least 40 DaVita clinics in the Washington Metropolitan area. 

Did you know that about 31 million American adults  — 1 in 6 — have chronic kidney disease (CKD), and millions more are at increased risk?  Diabetes  nd high blood pressure are the leading causes.  With most people, there are no symptoms until the disease reaches an advanced stage.  If kidney disease is left undetected, it can progress to kidney failure with little or no warning, making this disease a “silent epidemic”. 

It’s time for the annual Kidney Awareness Walk.  I just finished registering to walk again this year.  Last year I raised $125, and this year I’d like to try to beat that and raise $300.  Won’t you consider sponsoring me for this walk and helping to raise awareness about this life altering disease?  Please visit my Fundraising Page to make a donation!  I’d love to have you join me for the walk, but if you can’t you can participate virtually by visiting this link.


October 19, 2009

Won’t You Join Me on the KAT Walk?

Posted in Journal tagged , , , at 6:05 pm by Jenn


As a lot of you know, I’m a Dietitian.  I work for a great company called DaVita.  DaVita is hosting it’s 4th annual Kidney Awareness Run/Walk on November 14th at RFK Stadium in Washington DC.

Since I’m going to be in town now, I’ve decided to get up off my lazy butt and do something useful with my Saturday (and burn a few calories while I’m at it).  I’m going to walk the 5k to support raise awareness about kidney disease.

Working as a DaVita Dietitian is a very challenging and rewarding career.  I see firsthand everyday the effects of this disease and I pray everyday for a cure.

If you are local, please consider joining me for this walk (it’s boring walking alone – but I do have that new iPhone that I can fill with some cool music).  It’s only 5k, and quite frankly, if I can do it, then I’m sure you can too.  If you aren’t local there are other walks scheduled in California, Texas and Virginia.  Check out the link about to see if one is close to you.

If you can’t walk then please consider donating.  It’s for a wonderful cause and working for this company I can honestly say that the money will be well spent.  They care a great deal about their patients and patient education.  Let’s help them work toward prevention!

Here’s a link to my fundraising page!  Together we can make a difference.

“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi

April 15, 2008

All Packed Up and Nowhere to Go, So…

Posted in Journal tagged , , , , , , at 3:22 pm by Jenn

The movers came back today to crate up all the boxes that they packed a little over a week ago.  This was just bizzare to me…I mean where are the boxes going and why?  Am I going somewhere?  I wish that question would be answered soon.  Here’s another question…if I’m not going anywhere will my boxes come back?  This I was able to get a response to…”Don’t plan on it.”  WOW~

So at least it is a nice day here in Belarus and I was able to enjoy a nice stroll with my camera while I headed in to work.   I took a lot of great pictures, none of which I will be able to share with you because I still haven’t located the software I need … (oh, and I’m blogging at work again so even if I found it I couldn’t put it on this computer anyway).  I will share these pictures with you though.  These pictures were taken by Col. Casey on one of his trips to Belarus. 

This is the memorial on the Island of Tears.  This memorial was built to honor 771 of the soldiers (young men) who died in the Soviet-Afghan War, and was opened on August 3, 1996. 

You’ll notice the women, these are the mother’s, sister’s and widow’s of the soliders.  Inside the memorial are 4 chambers (atlars) (each one of the groups of women is a chamber) are the names of the soldiers who gave their lives etched on to the wall, beside each name is a place for a candle (I took a picture of this and will update this post when I am able to upload the photo).  To enter the memorial you can walk through one of 4 iron gates.  On the inside the handles of the gates represent each of major cities of Belarus are represented, young men from each of these areas were killed (Minsk, Gomel, Mogilev, Brest, Hrodna, Vitebsk, Polotsk and Nesvizh). 

Also on this island and not pictured, because I want to save it for another post is a little praying angel statue.  This statue has come to be a fertility statue of sorts, but more on that later.

I also walked along the Svisloch river and took a lot of great photos of the old town and the park.  I can’t wait to share them with you.

January 4, 2008

What A Difference The Sun Makes.

Posted in Journal tagged , , , , , , , at 3:19 pm by Jenn

The sun is shining today!  I actually felt like getting out of bed this morning.  I felt so energized I decided to walk to the Embassy for lunch.  -12 Celsius, who cares!  I have my new down coat and the sun is shining.  I even remembered to take my camera with me and snap some long overdue pictures of Minsk.

 So here they are: 


This is taken as my walk is just getting underway, I’m a little way from my apartment, but not very far in to my walk.


I don’t know much about this memorial – CTELLA (pronounced Stella) Memorial, but it is a few blocks from our apartment.  There is a great park surrounding it.  This is a memorial monument for WW2 soliders.  There is a plaque there, but of course, I cannot read it (note to self, ask someone what the plaque says).


I sometimes pass this billboard.  It used to say Happy Birthday Minsk, now it says something along the lines of Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.


There are a couple of bridges to cross and I love to look at the ducks.  I can’t imagine being in the water this time of year. 


These planters are scatter throughout the park.  They change each season from what I’ve seen.  In the fall there were mums, now there is pine greenery.  They are really pretty.


Here’s another view of the river looking down toward the Island of Tears.  I don’t have a picture of that today, but will make sure to take one for a future post.


Every once in a while I stop to look around and behind me.  It’s that kind of town.  There’s no one there today.  I guess they don’t like the cold either.  I decided to snap a picture showing the distance I’d covered.  If you look off in the distance behind the building in the middle you can see the monument.

So that’s it.  Finally some good pictures of Minsk on a sunny day.  I had to put the camera away though because it was so windy that my cheeks were burning.  I still had about a 15 minute walk and was desperate for a latte to warm me up.

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