By Quinn Rafferty
Madison resident Myron Winder, 35, has struggled with kidney failure since 2014 and is in dire need of a kidney transplant.
Winder receives dialysis every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at Madison Kidney Center, spending just under four hours for the treatment every time he goes.
“It’s a lifesaver but it’s also incredibly draining,” said Winder on dialysis, “It takes a lot out of you.”
Winder was diagnosed with kidney failure after being sick with lupus.
Lupus, or Lupus nephritis, causes inflammation of the small blood vessels that filters waste in the kidneys and may lead to kidney failure.
“I first noticed that I had some swelling in my ankles and lower legs,” said Winder. “I thought it was from the 12-hour work shifts I was doing but I decided to go to the doctor to get checked out and that’s when I found out I had kidney failure.”
The diagnosis changed Winder’s life in every way. He left his job where he had been established and was planning to start a family and begin building a house. His diagnosis made him too ill to continue his normal routine.
“I was heartbroken,” said Winder.
After being on dialysis for several months but still adjusting to the treatment, Winder suffered a seizure where he says he nearly lost his life.
“I was lucky that my parents were home to get help because I very well may have died that night,” said Winder.
Winder expressed how much rebuilding he had to do after the seizure, including intense physical therapy.
Through all of the treatments, Winder spends the time that he can working on an egg farm and also runs his own lawn care business through the spring and summer.
March is National Kidney Month, a time when communities all across the country raise awareness about kidney disease. Winder is in need of raising $5,000 for post-transplant medication.
He and his sister-in-law are putting together a bake sale March 14 in front of Walmart from 11a.m.- 2p.m..
“I’m hoping to get that call for a kidney transplant sometime this year,” said Winder.
“I’m working on saving as much as I can but I can use all the help I can get.”