Visits with Vanessa

Listen to our podcast, "Visits with Vanessa," to learn more about home hemodialysis (HHD). Vanessa Evans, Senior Manager of Patient Advocacy, will invite patients, care partners, and healthcare experts to talk about the dialysis journey, how HHD has impacted their lives, and many other important therapy related topics. Special guests will share their experiences, tips, and more.

Visits with Vanessa Podcast
August 30, 2022

Episode 6: The Road Is Calling: Freedom and Flexibility with Home Hemodialysis

Patient Advocate Dawn tells us all about her and husband Jimmie’s 3-month RV road trip. Hear the details about how they were able to leave home for 3 months without skipping a beat in Jimmie’s HHD treatments.

Visits with Vanessa Podcast
June 28, 2022

Episode 5: Balancing a Full Life: Home Dialysis Fits in When and Where You Need It

Nieltje, a home hemodialysis patient and NxStage user, joins us to discuss balancing it all and staying positive. Nieltje knew she needed to have treatment schedule flexibility and independence in order to make dialysis treatments work in her life.

Visits with Vanessa Podcast
April 26, 2022

Episode 4: Managing Home Dialysis in Smaller Spaces

Dawn, a home hemodialysis (HHD) patient and Patient Advocate, lives in a smaller space and makes dialysis work for her. See how she manages her supplies and gets creative with storage for successful home therapy.

Visits with Vanessa Podcast
March 4, 2022

Episode 3: Staying Connected: Home Hemodialysis with Nx2me Connected Health

Maaya, a Patient Advocate, lost her kidney function in 2014. With a busy career and family life, Maaya found that traditional in-center dialysis wasn’t the right fit for her lifestyle and transitioned to home hemodialysis, freeing up more time for what’s important to her.

Visits with Vanessa Podcast
December 22, 2021

Episode 2: Exploring HHD Options: Making the Choice That’s Best for You

The second episode of our patient-centered home hemodialysis (HHD) focused podcast, Visits with Vanessa, is available now. Our special guest, Dawn, is a NxStage Patient Advocate, nocturnal home hemodialysis (HHD) patient, and a NxStage user. Vanessa and Dawn will discuss a variety of HHD options—more frequent HHD with a care partner, solo/independent HHD, nocturnal HHD—as well as portability and travel. Tune in to understand what HHD options are available and get more information to make the choice that's best for you.

Visits with Vanessa Podcast
October 11, 2021

Episode 1: Traveling While on Home Hemodialysis

Hear about traveling with the NxStage Home Hemodialysis (HHD) system from Dawn Bates, NxStage Patient Advocate, and care partner for her husband Jimmie. Jimmie has been on HHD for 12 years and has successfully integrated home therapy into his lifestyle. Dawn and Vanessa share tips and tricks on traveling by car and by plane with the NxStage system. Our host, Vanessa, is an avid traveler and has taken almost 30 trips with her HHD machine in the last five years!

Visits with Vanessa Host

About the Host

Vanessa lives in Boston with her husband and two sons. She has been on dialysis for more than 22 years and and has been a passionate advocate in the kidney community for the last 14 years. Vanessa serves as Senior Manager of Patient Advocacy for Fresenius Medical Care North America and is a member of the Kidney Health Initiative’s Patient and Family Partnership Council. She holds a master’s degree from Emerson College and a BA in Political Science from University of Massachusetts Amherst. As part of her patient advocacy work, she partners with the National Kidney Foundation, Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute, the American Association of Kidney Patients, and other organizations.