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« on: March 12, 2013, 08:53:19 AM PDT »




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Check out some celebrities with kidney disease


Erma Bombeck-Famous columnist. writer and humorist died of complications following a kidney transplant. Ms. Bombeck suffered from the heriditary disease, polycystic kidney disease. Many people think she died of breast cancer, but this is not true, even though she did battle cancer and was in remission at the time of her transplant.

George Lopez-Comedian and actor, he had a sitcom a few years ago and now has a late-night talk show on the cable station TBS. He received a kidney from his wife.

Natalie Cole-Daughter of the unforgettable Nat King Cole and a talented entertainer and singer in her own right, Natalie suffered from hepatitis. She received chemotherapy for the hepatitis and it destroyed her kidneys. On dialysis for awhile, she now has had a kidney transplant and is doing well.

Art Buchwald-Famous humorist and columnist, Mr. Buchwald died in hospice after stopping his dialysis treatments voluntarily.

Alonso Mourning-Retired now, Mr. Mourning played basketball for 16 years in the NBA!
Nicknamed "Zo", Mourning played at center. His tenacity on defense twice earned him NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award and perennially placed him on the NBA All Offensive Team. He made a comeback after undergoing a kidney transplant and later winning his first NBA Championship with with the Heat. He has also played for the Charlotte Hornets and New Jersey Nets. On March 30, 2009, Alonzo Mourning became the first player in Miami Heat history to have his number retired.   (source: Wickepedia)

Scott MacIntyre (finalist on American Idol) Scott was the young, blind man on American Idol in the 2008 season of the popular show. Scott declined to mention his kidney disease and transplant because he thought it might detract from the reason he was on the show: his incredible talent.

Steven Cojocaru-Style maven to the stars, "CoJo" can be seen on the red carpet, interviewing celebrities and giving his opinion on their fashions. CoJo suffers from polycystic kidney disease and received one transplant from his mother, which failed. He then was on dialysis for awhile and subsequently received another kidney from his best friend-she was truly his lifesaver!

Steven Furst-Actor who was best known as "Flounder" in "Animal House" and also Dr. Elliot Axlerod in the medical drama, "St. Elsewhere". Since 2006, Steven has co-hosted The Renal Support Network's radio show, " Kidney Talk". Steven was extremely overweight, had diabetes and nearly lost a leg to this disease. He lost 80 lbs, but diabetes had taken its toll on his kidneys and he is now a dialysis patient.

Emily Dickenson-An accomplished American poet, Ms. Dickenson's poems are now known worldwide...she died of kidney failure at the age of 55 yrs in the year 1886.

Below are more famous people who suffered and died from kidney disease:

Wolfgang Amadeus Motzart- Famous composer of some of the world's most beautiful classical music

Jean Harlow-Beautiful blond bombshell of the 20's and 30's-she made several movies, but sadly, died at the age of 26 yrs old from uremic poisoning caused by failed kidneys.

Chester A. Arthur-The 21st President of the United States

James Michener-Prolific author of sweeping sagas such as Hawaii, The Drifters and Centennial, Mr. Michener ended his daily dialysis treatments which he had endured for four years and died in 1997 of kidney failure at the age of 90.

Barry White-Soulful singer of the 70's, Mr. White recorded many albums in that decade. He was a dialysis patient and died of a stroke in 2003.

Neil Simon-Famous playright who penned such Broadway plays as Barefoot In The Park, Sweet Charity and The Odd Couple and writer of screenplays for such blockbusters as The Goodbye Girl and Brighton Beach Memoirs, Mr. Simon suffered for years with kidney disease. He received a transplant at the age of 76 from his friend.Interestingly, it is widely thought that Tiny Tim from the Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol had a form of kidney disease. Taking into account the time and conditions in which the story is set, medical experts have concluded that the little boy most likely suffered from renal tubular acidosis, which could be treated with proper medical intervention. The Cratchetts did not have the resources to have Tim treated and he would have died had Mr. Scrooge not had a change of heart.

http://kidneydiseaseaintfun.mysite.com/about_1.html

Note: I am not sure who the patient or owner of this link is...


 

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« Reply #1 on: March 14, 2013, 07:10:02 AM PDT »

I was only recently reading about Jean Harlow. One other legendary actor who died from renal failure was Errol Flynn.

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« Reply #2 on: March 17, 2013, 04:53:42 AM PDT »

Did I little reading into the life of Jean Harlow and her life quite interesting. She was the first original "blomb bombshell' star in the 1930s - a time when they seemed to know very little about kidney disease (much less offer any treatment). Assuming her kidneys were damaged from scarlett fever at the age of 15, she would have been in decline for most of her successful years as a superstar. On the set of her last film, Saratoga in 1937, she had already reached end-stage and suddenly could not finish filming. They still did not know what was wrong with her even at that stage! She died less than 2 weeks later after falling into a coma.

Apparently she battled water weight and developed a grey complexion - I don't think this would show much in her films due to clever makeup. One thing's for sure, she would have been feeling VERY sick for many of the years preceding her death. I think it's a more tragic story than even Marilyn Monroe's.

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« Reply #3 on: March 18, 2013, 07:59:01 AM PDT »

I agree. I use to say I was thankful to be living in the early 80's..now I am thankful I live in the twenty first century. We've come a long way!

It is sad for those times...wonder how many more people may have died from CKD at that time.

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« Reply #4 on: March 18, 2013, 06:48:32 PM PDT »

Yes you are much luckier to be living now. Like with many other diseases, there was nothing back then. I'm wondering how much things have changed since the 80s to now for ckd?

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« Reply #5 on: March 18, 2013, 08:53:10 PM PDT »

I have relatives who had transplants in the 70's and 80's - the immunosuppressants were a lot less effective, they didn't know how to deal with CMV or not as quickly as they do now, some of them had over a dozen years with their transplant, some as few as a couple months. When my sister was on dialysis in the early 70's, someone touring the hospital took a flash photo and shut down her machine!  It was very scary for her and the staff! 


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« Reply #6 on: March 18, 2013, 09:01:14 PM PDT »

I was diagnosed with CKD in 1974 age 11. Started dialysis in 1978, transplanted, failed immediately,returned to dialysis, then transplanted in 1981. It lasted 18 years with the new drug Cyclosporine A...there was an incredible difference between 1978 to 1981..then to dialysis again in 1999...what a huge difference...for the better. Transplanted again in 2011...different meds, things are only getting better.


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« Reply #7 on: March 20, 2013, 11:24:33 PM PDT »

Did I little reading into the life of Jean Harlow and her life quite interesting. She was the first original "blomb bombshell' star in the 1930s - a time when they seemed to know very little about kidney disease (much less offer any treatment). Assuming her kidneys were damaged from scarlett fever at the age of 15, she would have been in decline for most of her successful years as a superstar. On the set of her last film, Saratoga in 1937, she had already reached end-stage and suddenly could not finish filming. They still did not know what was wrong with her even at that stage! She died less than 2 weeks later after falling into a coma.

Apparently she battled water weight and developed a grey complexion - I don't think this would show much in her films due to clever makeup. One thing's for sure, she would have been feeling VERY sick for many of the years preceding her death. I think it's a more tragic story than even Marilyn Monroe's.

I did find more informaiton on Jean Harlow. Interesting. Thank you for sharing this information Princess Leila.

Here is what I found. Sorry it is so lengthy.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean_Harlow

Harlow was a registered Democrat and visited Franklin D. Roosevelt on the occasion of his birthday during 1937.
 
Harlow complained about ill health on May 20, 1937, when she was filming Saratoga. Her symptoms – fatigue, nausea, water weight and abdominal pain – did not seem very serious to her doctor, who believed she was suffering from gall bladder infection and flu. However, he was apparently unaware of Harlow’s ill health during the previous year: a severe sunburn, bad flu attack and septicemia after a wisdom tooth extraction. In addition, her friend and co-star Myrna Loy noticed Harlow’s grey complexion, fatigue and weight gain. On May 29, Harlow was shooting a scene in which the character she was playing had a fever. Harlow was clearly sicker than her character, and when she leaned against her co-star Clark Gable between scenes she said, "I feel terrible. Get me back to my dressing room." Harlow requested that the assistant director phone William Powell, who left his own set to escort Harlow back home.
 
On May 30, Powell checked on Harlow, and recalled her mother from a holiday trip when he found her condition had not improved and summoned her doctor to her home. Harlow's illnesses had delayed three previous films (Wife vs. Secretary, Suzy and Libeled Lady), so there was no great concern initially. On June 2, it was announced that Harlow was suffering from the flu. Harlow felt better on June 3 and co-workers expected her back on the set by Monday, June 7. Press reports were contradictory, with headlines like "Jean Harlow seriously ill" and "Harlow past illness crisis."When Harlow said on June 6 that she could not see Powell properly, he again called a doctor. As she slipped into a deep slumber and experienced difficulty breathing, the doctor finally realized that she was suffering from something other than gall bladder infection or flu.
 
That same evening, Harlow was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles, where she slipped into a coma.Harlow died in the hospital at the age of 26 on Monday June 7, 1937, at 11:37 a.m. In the doctor’s press releases, the cause of death was given as cerebral edema, a complication of renal or kidney failure. Hospital records mention uremia.


Riffraff (1936)
For years, rumors circulated about Harlow’s death. Some claimed that her mother refused to call a doctor because she was a Christian Scientist, or that Harlow herself declined hospital treatment or surgery. There were also rumors that Harlow had died because of alcoholism, a botched abortion, over-dieting, sunstroke, poisoning due to platinum hair dye, or various venereal diseases. However, based on medical bulletins, hospital records and testimony of her relatives and friends, it was proven to be a case of kidney disease. From the onset of her illness, despite resting at home, Harlow was attended by a doctor, two nurses visited her house and various equipment was brought from a nearby hospital. However, Harlow’s mother barred some visitors, such as the MGM doctor, who later stated that it was because they were Christian Scientists. It has been suggested that she still wanted to control her daughter, but there is no truth to the allegation that she refused medical care for Harlow.
 
Harlow's kidney failure could not have been cured in the 1930s. The death rate from acute kidney failure has decreased to 25% only after the advent of antibiotics, dialysis, and kidney transplantation. Harlow’s grey complexion, recurring illnesses, and severe sunburn were signs of the disease as her kidneys had been slowly failing and toxins accumulated in her body, exposing her to other illnesses and causing symptoms including swelling, fatigue, and lack of appetite. Toxins also adversely impacted her brain and central nervous system. Speculation has suggested that Harlow suffered a post-streptococcal glomerulonephritis, following scarlet fever when she was young, which may have caused high blood pressure and ultimately kidney failure.
 
News of Harlow’s death spread quickly. Spencer Tracy wrote in his diary, "Jean Harlow died today. Grand gal." One of the MGM writers later said: ”The day Baby died there wasn’t one sound in the commissary for three hours.” MGM closed down on the day of Harlow’s funeral on June 9. She was buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California in the Great Mausoleum in a private room of multicolored marble which William Powell bought for $25,000. She was buried in the gown she wore in Libeled Lady, and in her hands she held a white gardenia and a note in which Powell had written: ”Goodnight, my dearest darling.”Spaces in the same room were reserved for Harlow’s mother and William Powell.Harlow’s mother was buried there in 1958, but Powell remarried in 1940 and after his death in 1984, he was cremated and his ashes were scattered over the Palm Springs Desert area. There is a simple inscription on Harlow’s grave, "Our Baby."
 
MGM planned to replace Harlow in Saratoga with another actress, but because of public objections the film was finished by using three doubles (one for close-ups, one for long shots and one for dubbing Harlow’s lines) as well as writing her character out of some scenes. True to their star until the end, fans came out in droves to see Harlow's last movie. The film was MGM's highest grossing picture of 1937 and proclaimed[by whom?] to be her best film. Ever since the film's release, viewers have tried to spot these stand-ins and signs of Harlow’s illness.


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« Reply #8 on: March 21, 2013, 02:07:32 AM PDT »

I think Jean Harlow died without knowing what she was dying from! That's how bad it sounded back then. Her co-star Clarke Gable declared that it was like completing the movie with a ghost after she died. It's such a sad story. I think anyone who viewed her fils & photographs immediately prior to her death would see little evidence of her looking ill.

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« Reply #9 on: March 21, 2013, 07:15:46 AM PDT »


I did find more informaiton on Jean Harlow. Interesting. Thank you for sharing this information Princess Leila.

Here is what I found. Sorry it is so lengthy.

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Thanks! That was interesting to read.

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