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“I have and accept what I can’t change”

Isis Reece, Kidney Recipient, 2015

Isis is a 16-year-old vibrant girl with so much positive energy,she lights up a room. In 2008, she began to feel chest pain while on vacation in Houston. She was taken to an emergency center, where physicians discovered she had IgA nephropathy. This prognosis changed Isis’ world. “Being a dialysis patient has made me stronger. It has taught me to take what I have and accept what I can’t change,” she shares. Isis visits the University Health System Children’s Kidney Center three times a week for dialysis. Through the generous contributions collected by University Health System’s Employee Giving Campaign, all the children in the unit were given iPads to help make the 12-14 hours spent weekly on the dialysis machine go by faster.

Isis is currently being evaluated for a kidney transplant and looks forward to having some normalcy in her adolescence one day such as attending football games, swimming, skating, bowling, volleyball and hanging out with her friends from Judson High School who have been extremely supportive through her diagnosis.

“All good things come to people who wait!” ~ Isis

Isis Reece, Kidney Recipient, 2015 smiles in green cardigan