Each transplant a joy

For former dialysis social worker, Marianne Wilson, there was always a compelling connection between the study of human society, its cultures, healthcare, and human behavior—so much so that an undergraduate degree in anthropology blossomed into a post-college job helping low income city homeowners in St. Louis and shortly thereafter, a degree in social work with a health concentration. “Choosing the health concentration in social work training related to previous research I had done on cultures that effectively utilize a combination of modern and traditional health systems for both medical and mental health care,” Wilson recalled. Wilson did various kinds of …

“Social workers don’t give advice. They give attention:” Meet ET Master Trainer Heather Lawyer

Heather Lawyer’s decades long career in transplantation education began by accident in a restaurant. Today she’s an Explore Transplant Master Trainer who reaches out to dialysis providers around the country. While a strong transplant advocate, Heather also believes that the most powerful education helps providers and patients understand all of their options. “I stand in awe of the nurses, technicians, social workers, dieticians and secretaries who work tirelessly with those on dialysis, for whom there are no other options. Dialysis is a life-sustaining safety net for those living with End Stage Renal Disease, and thank goodness for that,” she told …