From Strangers to Family
Mr. Remond Ellis, Schererville Dialysis Center
In September 2016, Remond Ellis suffered a stroke. He was fortunate, however, in that he seemed to recover quickly. But something just didn’t feel right. Two short months later, he went to the hospital after having trouble breathing and recognizing that he was swollen. Going to the hospital ended up being a lucky move. His physician recognized the signs of kidney failure and Mr. Ellis was quickly diagnosed with End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD). His kidney function was so low he was told he needed to start dialysis immediately.
With a young daughter and a big, caring family by his side, Mr. Ellis started dialysis at just 45 years old.
“I wasn’t sure if I was going to make it to my daughter’s 21st birthday,” said Mr. Ellis. “It was eye-opening to see how quickly things can change.”
Following the first dialysis treatment at the hospital, Mr. Ellis began regular treatments at Schererville Dialysis Center in Schererville, IN.
“The first few weeks were really hard,” Mr. Ellis said. “I couldn’t imagine making this type of lifestyle change and being in a chair three days a week. But the staff at Schererville changed my mind and, honestly, I think they’ve made me a better person.”
One of ARA’s Core Values is to take good care of the patients. And the staff at Schererville certainly take this to heart.
Mr. Ellis has been an in-center dialysis patient at Schererville for just over a year and in that time, has moved from being wheelchair-bound to using a cane to assist him when walking. He explained that everything the staff does at Schererville is for their patients. “If they tell me to do something, I’m going to do it,” he said. “I trust them.”
“The staff really care about you here and you can feel it. They sit with you to explain your care plan, they check in with you about things happening in your personal life, and they encourage you to live your life, to find hobbies you can enjoy,” said Mr. Ellis. “My doctor, Dr. Giricz, even takes the time to sit with me and talk with me and joke with me. I don’t think you’d find that anywhere else. The truth is that they all started out as strangers but now they’re family.”
And family has a way of inspiring you. Mr. Ellis credits the staff at Schererville for helping him find a love of caring for others. As a result, he started volunteering and recently helped a friend run a food drive.
“To see just how much the staff care for someone else is incredible. And every patient gets this type of attention. There is just so much love in this building and it’s made me want to be better, too.”