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Conception of a Dialysis Patient (the Untold Truths) Paperback – April 24, 2014
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Battling Lupus at twelve, introduced me to the Nephrology world. Lupus vanishes, but renal damage remains. Seventeen years later, my kidneys fail, and dialysis becomes my world. A donation from a sibling liberates me after seven months. Seven years afterwards, the transplant rejects, and dialysis pulls me in once again.
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Writer, poet, and actor Fayton Hollington takes us on his journey starting at age 12 with his trip to lupus hell, then brings us back with a joy and humor that is infectious! His rise in the entertainment world is chronicled and for his sake I wish he could have continued that rise with his princess in tow, but for our sake he wasn't allowed to continue that rise when kidney failure set in with its' complications both medical and personal. Unfortunately he was meant to show us his new world of dialysis, a place with both drama and comedy and we see the people there as people, and not just patients. His jagged path in life is then changed with a transplant and once again he dares to dream with both feet planted on the ground. This time brought back again to the medical world when his transplanted kidney betrays him.
He should add "painter" to his repertoire. With his words he is able to paint images that can be vivid, funny, and yes sometimes painful. He has seen enough trials and tribulation for several lifetimes, but still encourages us to seek "the eye of the storm where peace awaits us all". For all the fires he has been through that seem to have only strengthened his spirit, I have to believe his reward will only be richer and fuller. His family should be proud of him.
It would likely be impossible for anyone to read this rather extraordinary memoir by Fayton Hollington and not feel a cramp in the body and the psyche, attempting to identify with the story revealed here. This is one of those book that not only teaches the reader about a condition few have even heard about much less understand while at the same time presenting the spirit of a survivor against all odds. It is a revealing exposé about the medical fields of kidney dialysis and kidney transplantation - far more complex and enigmatic than the public understands.
None of this would be so profound were it not for the quality of writing that Fayton Hollington brings to the book. Hollington is a writer - of two other books and a number of screenplays as well as poetry that will surely gain recognition following the most assured success of this debut. The name may not be immediately recognizable at present, but in time that will change.
Hollington is an African American man from a large family. His father was killed when he was young, forcing his mother and his siblings to move form Harlem to Long Island. And that is where his story begins. He contracted a viremia-like syndrome with high fevers and a dermatological nightmare of abscess-like lesions on his body. Eventually the diagnosis of systemic lupus erythematosis was made and despite medical treatment of a poorly understood illness he went into renal failure and required renal dialysis just to stay alive. He underwent kidney transplantation but eventually rejected that donated kidney and now he remains dependent on dialysis.
In this book Hollington shares the marriage of chronic renal failure patients to the dialysis machine and his in depth discussion of that is both harrowing and informative. Few people can describe the fateful bond between machine and life the way this fine author does. Place this book in the column of `must read' - it is both a humbling and a challenging experience and reveals the soul of a man whose spirit is indeed indomitable. Grady Harp, September 14