Jokiva Bellard

CKD Community Advocate Jokiva BellardHello my name is Jokiva Bellard, I am 28 years old. I have been married for eleven years and have a daughter and am currently pregnant. I have chronic kidney disease and was diagnosed in 2013 when I had my first kidney failure due to lupus. Then I had another kidney failure by being hit head-on in a collision.

I have gone through chemotherapy, alopecia, heavy medications, and visits staying in the hospital for two months at a time. I am here to tell my story because I feel like it’s worth telling and I could find someone I could relate to and understand as well. This is a testimony that I feel is worth telling. I hope I could make friends and find groups that I could link to in finding more support.

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