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FINDING HEALTH

Finding Health is an ongoing series dedicated to the health and well-being of those diagnosed with Nephrotic Syndrome and their caregivers. Sessions focus on topics ranging from managing Nephrotic Syndrome in school, to tools and teachings on mental health, to doctor led, expert speaker sessions on topics relevant to those in this journey.

 

ALL patients and caregivers welcome at no cost.

Have a topic you'd like covered?

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andi@nephroticsyndromefoundation.org

PAST SESSIONS:

Information and resources from past sessions below.

THE COVID VACCINE & KIDS

Dr. Thomas Tarro, M.D, UCSF pediatric infectious disease specialist, presented on the COVID-19 vaccine, background, alternatives, how they have seen COVID present in pediatric patients and more. Joined by co-host Dr. Paul Brakeman, Ph.D., M.D., one of UCSF’s top pediatric nephrologists, this session was incredibly informative and helpful for those who attended.

Click here for Session Slides

MINDFULNESS WITH JG LAROCHETTE (PARTS I & II)

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This session addressed the challenges and stress that come with Nephrotic Syndrome and how to manage them. We featured expert-led instruction from JG Larochette from the Mindful Life Project, tools and techniques for managing stress and anger for both children and adults, and content and suggested resources. The session included a peer to peer breakout session for young adults and children with Nephrotic Syndrome and a simultaneous caregiver session for adults

Session Materials:

Apps:

Online Resources:

Books:

  • 10% Happier , by Dan Harris – entertaining, pop-culture introduction to mindfulness from the perspective of a reporter. The patient family gift for those who attended.

  • Wherever I Go, There You Are , by Jon Kabat-Zinn. – An authentic, yet entry level, read on the world of mindfulness.

MINDFULNESS WITH JG LAROCHETTE (PARTS I & II)

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This session addressed the challenges and stress that come with Nephrotic Syndrome and how to manage them. We featured expert-led instruction from JG Larochette from the Mindful Life Project, tools and techniques for managing stress and anger for both children and adults, and content and suggested resources. The session included a peer to peer breakout session for young adults and children with Nephrotic Syndrome and a simultaneous caregiver session for adults

Session Materials:

  • Mindfulness is "Paying attention to your feelings in the present moment, on purpose, without judgement."

  • Feel "without judgement" - Invite ALL feelings in and treat them as friends. Practice naming them.

  • Brain House Friends

  • Eight Elements of Mindfulness

  • Mindfulness Definition

  • Mindfulness Definition

  • Tip - "Ask a question to activate pre-frontal cortex vs. amygdala                                                                                          (fight or flight part of the brain) response

  • Think "Respond vs. React"

Apps:

  • Click here to download the FREE Mindful Life Project App

  • Headspace – user-friendly, guided meditation for all levels (kids and adults):                                                                      3-minute exercises, sleep aids and more - https://www.headspace.com.  
     

Online Resources:

Books:

  • 10% Happier , by Dan Harris – entertaining, pop-culture introduction to mindfulness from the perspective of a reporter. The patient family gift for those who attended.

  • Wherever I Go, There You Are, by Jon Kabat-Zinn. – An authentic, yet entry level, read on the world of mindfulness.

NAVIGATING SCHOOL / 504 PLANS

Combined patient community session hosted by Andi Callaway and Lexi Grimes. Ms. Grimes led the youth group peer to peer discussion for kids with Nephrotic Syndrome. Topics ranged from how it feels to talk about Nephrotic Syndrome with peers, to medication struggles and side effects, dietary restrictions and weight issues. A simultaneous session was hosted dedicated to caregivers, focused on how to navigate the reality of Nephrotic Syndrome in school, sports, and social circles.

Resources:

NAVIGATING SCHOOL / 504 PLANS

Combined patient community session hosted by Andi Callaway and Lexi Grimes. Ms. Grimes led the youth group peer to peer discussion for kids with Nephrotic Syndrome. Topics ranged from how it feels to talk about Nephrotic Syndrome with peers, to medication struggles and side effects, dietary restrictions and weight issues. A simultaneous session was hosted dedicated to caregivers, focused on how to navigate the reality of Nephrotic Syndrome in school, sports, and social circles.

Resources:

HEALTHY EATING

This session featured a moderated peer to peer group discussion for kids with Nephrotic Syndrome, with simultaneous caregiver session dedicated to healthy and clean eating for kids and adults. Topics included tips for healthy, anti-inflammatory, low salt product alternatives and where to find them, several whole food based, low salt recipes and cooking demonstrations. Participants each received a gift of a healthy culinary item, recipes, and information. 

ALTERNATIVE SCHOOLING OPTIONS

This session addressed alternative options for school. Nephrotic Syndrome brings many challenges for our kids. Many of them may benefit from a non-traditional school environment. There are many alternatives available. In this session, we explored options ranging from homeschooling options, to a hybrid approach, to simply highlighting the benefits of a shortened day. The session included a peer to peer breakout session for young adults and children with Nephrotic Syndrome and a simultaneous caregiver session for adults.

INTEGRATIVE THERAPIES FOR NS

This session explored integrative therapies for treating Nephrotic Syndrome that can accompany traditional medicine and treatments. Dr. Elisa Song, from Whole Family Wellness was the featured speaker. Session included information on what supplements can aid in the treatment of Nephrotic Syndrome, as well as techniques for whole child (and caregiver) wellness. 

 

Click here for Dr. Song's presentation

TRANSITIONING TO COLLEGE WITH NS

Transitioning to college is a challenge. For those dealing with Nephrotic Syndrome, it can be additionally stressful. This session explored the transition to college / independent life with Nephrotic Syndrome. We heard from families who have navigated this milestone themselves and explored resources and tools on the topic. Suzann Cowing, one of the East Bay's leading admissions advisors and founder of Advance College Counseling, shared valuable information on the college admissions process and what to know when your child has a 504 plan in place. If you missed this session but would like more info on any of the topics or contact information for any of our attendees or presenters, please reach out to us at findinghealth@nephroticsyndromefoundation.org.

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2020 FAMILY BOWLING SERIES KICKOFF

Northern California families gathered for an afternoon of fun family bowling to kick off 2020. We gathered at Danville Bowl, relaxed and enjoyed our amazing community of families.

 

Click here for pictures. 

GIFT OF GRATITUDE

Gratitude is not a natural ability for many of us, and can be especially hard for those with Nephrotic Syndrome. Through this session we introduced that concept, and nurtured it with a fun, interactive activity and a lasting gift for your child! The Nephrotic Syndrome Foundation partnered with “The Gift of Being Grateful”, to provide an opportunity for young warriors battling Nephrotic Syndrome to create their own Gratitude Box!  To kick off this kid-focused session, we heard from Dr. Ryan Lazarus, an international speaker and owner of Lazarus Chiropractic Inc. who shared with us a few words on the importance of gratitude. He and his daughter Cienna, led attendees in a step by step tutorial to customize, decorate and use their own Gratitude Box! All supplies were mailed to registered participants in advance of the session. NSF provided materials for each patient and one additional family member (free of charge).