Dialysis is not a person’s life – It is only part of it.
Patients are invited to view the Algoma Regional Renal Program's (ARRP) Virtual Tour entitled A Day in the Life of a Hemodialysis Patient. The purpose of this video is to demystify dialysis and showcase one person’s life as a hemodialysis patient. Dialysis is not a person’s life - it is only part of it - even though a person may need dialysis to live.
"I really liked doing the documentary and would do it again. Working with Shirley and Jan Strouhal was fun.
Most people I talk to do not know what dialysis patients go through,
so when I show the video they understand what we go through."
- Keith, patient
“Dialysis may give people life, but patients’ lives are not all about dialysis.
It is possible to have a fulfilling life that includes
dialysis with the support of family and friends. Each life is unique and important
and everyone has a story.”
- Shirley Pulkkinen, ARRP Social Worker
This video offers a window into the life of local hemodialysis patient, Keith who suffers from Kidney Failure. Keith has been on dialysis for 12 years. He receives 4 hours of dialysis 3 times a week. This is a day in his life.
The filming of this video was generously sponsored by Janssen Inc.
Special thanks to:
Keith and Dianne, who were the inspiration for the Renal Video
Shirley Pulkkinen, our Social Worker and creative director, whose insightful vision, dedication and hard work made the Renal Video possible
Caitlyn Patrick and Kassidy Bailey who were Assistant Producers for the video
Brenda Lynn, Regional Director who was committed to the project and the process and invited the collaborative effort of the team
All those who were filmed or assisted with the filming, for their enthusiastic participation in this project:
Holly Davis – ARRP Patient Care Supervisor
Dr. David Berry – Nephrologist
Rochelle Rugo – ARRP RN
Patrick McCutcheon, our Janssen representative and& Jan Strouhal, our photographer/videographer for their incredible work
If you have any questions about the program or the video, please contact: