Kidney Awareness, Personal Post

Awareness Tip #4: ***** Day

Good morning, lovelies! I know my past few tips have been all business and NO fun! Well, today is going to be a fun day. Today’s tip is so good that I couldn’t even put it in the title!

Although I don’t suffer with chronic kidney disease, I understand the affects that it can have on you, mentally and physically. It’s a life-altering thing.

My dad worked outside, at the same job, for over 30 years. So having to stop working, and focus solely on himself and his treatments, was definitely a game changer for him.

You know what another game changer is? Having to change your diet in the blink of an eye. Especially if you’re a fan of foods that are high in potassium, phosphorus, and calcium. This leads me to my tip for the day:

Make sure you allow yourself a couple of cheat treat days every now and then. 

Now, notice I said a TREAT DAY and not CHEAT DAY, because if you’re doing everything you’re supposed to be doing, you’re not cheating; you’re treating yourself.

My dad learned about treat days very early in his diagnosis. How, you might be wondering. Because of his guardian angel of course. His older brother, Sherman, was on dialysis for about 9 years. When my dad got sick, my uncle was in the hospital as well (for non-kidney issues). They took dialysis together in the hospital, and made the nurses do double takes because they thought they were twins!

In the short time that my uncle was alive during my dad’s diagnosis, he taught him about treating himself, amongst other things. The last time my dad saw my uncle, he was taking his own advice by indulging in a honey bun. He passed away March 29, 2011, but his spirit still lives on to this day.

So, whether it’s indulging in your favorite meal, or snack, don’t think of it as a cheat. Think of it as a treat. Maybe you’ve gotten your report and found out all of your levels look good. Maybe you’ve finally reached your desired protein goal. Whatever the case may be, treat yourself. Your taste buds will thank you for it!

Photo Mar 15, 3 04 56 PM
Sherman & Ricky

As always, please click here to learn about ways to help and donate to the many Americans whose lives have been impacted by kidney disease.


2 thoughts on “Awareness Tip #4: ***** Day”

  1. Hi there! This is one of your cousins, your uncle Sherman’s youngest daughter, Kacy. This is such a cute and sweet post in honor of our fathers and National Kidney month. Dad loved you all very, very much. He’d be proud of what you’re doing. I know it! Keep up the wonderful, courageous work. P.S. dad was on dialysis for 9 years. He passed away before making his 10 year anniversary which would have been in October of 2011.


    1. Hey Kacy! Thanks for bringing that to my attention…I went back and changed it. I’m so glad that I’m able to honor Uncle Sherman. He was definitely a wonderful man! Love y’all so much!


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