Advocacy

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Check Me Out!

Here is the nationally telivised news piece that was done on me while I was on the DaVita Patient Citizens Washington DC trip a few weeks ago. For a much interviewing they did with me, and following me around all day long, most of what I had to say didn't make it into the bit. I'm a little disappointed by the fact that the point of our trip wasn't really adequately conveyed, but at least 2.5 million (yes, I said MILLION) viewers were able to see a little about dialysis and the issues we are trying to change.

Watch Krissi on the National News - DaVita Patient Citizen Washington DC Trip, March 2005

DPC Meeting - Ready to go to Capitol Hill!

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The meetings are over and they went well. I got to meet the author of the book Chronically Happy and discovered she also runs iKidney.com - Such an amazing woman and truly an inspiration. She talked to us about how to talk with the Congressional members and what to expect. She also showed us a video from the 1950's that was a documentary from "life as a dialysis patient" during that time. It was amazing to see the differences. Patients used to diaylize 12 - 18 hours overnight several times a week!! Anyway...

I'm tired, but energized for tomorrow's Hill visits. Must get up early so off for some sleep!

Off to Meetings

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I'm off to our first meeting with the DaVita Patient Citizens! Today we'll just be working together, tomorrow and Fri are the Capitol Hill visits. ... And another thing (completely unexpected) - my good friends from California, Liz, Ken and their 1-year-old daughter Morgan, are all here in DC on vacation! We're going to get together tonight for dinner. I haven't seen them in about 4 years, either.

Made it to Washington

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The flight was very easy - about 2 hours non-stop. The landing was a big rough... the last 10 minutes of the flight were really wobbly. I say wobbly, instead of bummpy, because the plane was wobbling side-ways because of wind sheer. It was actually a bit scary. People on the plane clapped when we finally landed. picked me up at the airport, which is our usual tradition. I think every single time but maybe once when I've come to DC he's been there to retreive me. It was so good to see him... hard to believe its been 4 years since the last time I was here. The hotel is AMAZING. The hotel room I have is honestly the nicest room I've ever stayed in - including being nicer than the honeymoon suite I had with my ex husband and the Sheraton Hotel in Warsaw, Poland. I'm very impressed. I got together briefly with some of the 'group', but not everyone had gotten in. Tomorrow will be the beginning of our meetings - first with the core group, and then on Thurs and Friday, with members of Congress. For now I'm tired, so I think I'll relax for a bit.

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