The vast majority of Cleveland High School students who go to Fannie Austin for guidance have no idea their counselor spends more than 12 hours a week connected to a dialysis machine that keeps her alive.
To them, she’s the person who hands out scholarship applications and advises them on what classes to take. They aren’t aware that Fannie has been on dialysis for 19 years since her kidneys stopped working, including a time when she gave herself treatments at work with peritoneal dialysis.
Helping others is what Fannie does. “Working with children is my dream, it’s what I’m good at,” she says.
“This is my philosophy for myself,” Fannie says. “You change the things you can change. Those things you can’t change you learn to live with. I couldn’t change my kidney condition, so I learned to live with it.”
Not every day is perfect, but Fannie tries to make the most of them all. “My husband reminds me what the doctor told me about dialysis in 1990: ‘You’re going to have good and bad days. If this is just a bad day, it will be OK tomorrow.’”
Come be inspired by Fannie Austin’s story in a video at our Breakfast of Hope May 19, and help raise money to carry out Northwest Kidney Centers’ mission. Breakfast proceeds will help expand our kidney-specialist pharmacy.
Keynote speaker Michael Grasso on New Day Northwest April 21
See Breakfast of Hope keynote speaker, and America’s Got Talent illusionist, Michael Grasso on KING 5’s New Day Northwest April 21! Click here for free tickets for the live studio audience.