At 21, Danny Woody was told he had end-stage renal disease. At 23, he started receiving dialysis treatments. At 28, he’s hoping for a kidney transplant.
Through prescription treatment, Woody was able to stave off dialysis treatments for about a year and a half, but his kidneys could no longer keep up the fight.
Three days a week for eight hours a day, like many others throughout America, Woody sits in a chair at a dialysis center while his blood is filtered out of and back into his body. This has become Woody’s do-or-die part-time job, but he hasn’t let that slow him down.
The Louisa resident works full-time as an insurance agent in Fredericksburg with a two-hour commute. Woody is also a father and husband.
“Time management has become a huge plus,” Woody said. “It’s become a logistical nightmare.”
Woody said he tries to juggle his schedule as best he can, but assumes no more responsibility than anyone else in finding time to get things done.
“If it’s important, you’ll figure out how to work it in, and of course, dialysis is essential to me living, so I find a way to work it in,” Woody said.
While Woody and his family manage his disease quite well, the burden of dialysis still takes its toll.
Traveling is not an easy task for the Woodys. If they were to plan a vacation, Woody would need to make sure he can find a treatment facility nearby, and hope that there’s no illness from his treatments.
To read the entire story, see the July 2 edition of The Central Virginian.