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This Is the Tijuanda S Montgomery Kidney Fund. The funds will be used for Tijuanda's medical and related costs not covered by insurance.

Life can often times bring unexpected health challenges. In the midst of a health journey with sudden, unpredictable turns it is important to know how to best cope with the changes ahead. A chronic kidney disease (CKD) diagnosis can take a person by surprise, leaving him or her with great uncertainty and the need for extra support from others who care. Simply knowing family and friends are there to offer encouragement and assistance can make all the difference in learning how to cope with this change in life

Tijuanda Shanta Montgomery, wife and mother of three, was enjoying a healthy and fun-filled life. When at the young age of 30 her health started to fail without warning. In 2003 she had given birth to her third child when her doctors noticed that her potassium levels were constantly low. Later in 2004, Tijuanda underwent gall bladder surgery as it had begun to affect her health and well being greatly. Only a few months went by before she become ill once again. During this time, Tijuanda was employed at Frito-Lay North America as a Main Frame Computer Programmer. She attempted to work while juggling the schedule of work,wife and patient and the later part of 2008, four years after her diagnosis she was unable to work anymore. To her co-workers she was a dependable and more than capable employee who would go that "extra" mile when necessary.

Tijuanda was stricken with end-stage kidney disease, also known as end-stage renal disease. ESRD is typically diagnosed when kidneys fall below what is considered 10% of normal function and are no longer able to remove wastes from the body, process urine and regulate electrolytes. ESRD is usually a complication of kidney disease or conditions like congestive heart failure or diabetes that reduce the flow of blood to the kidneys and cause them to slowly degenerate.

Tijuanda began hemodialysis in the fall of 2004. Daytime dialysis caused her role in her family to change instantly on days of treatment she rarely spent any time with her husband or children. She asked her doctors if she was a candidate for nocturnal treatment.

Nocturnal dialysis would offer her a better quality of life. Most of the other nocturnal dialysis patients had already stated that it would offer her more control over her life. She would have more time to take care of her children and enjoy her days, instead of spending her days receiving dialysis. Tijuanda says that the nighttime dialysis schedule makes her feel “more normal" because nonproductive time, where she would be “sleeping anyway”, is now used for treatment.

Tijuanda has undergone countless surgeries and spent a number of nights hospitalized since this untimely illness. Nevertheless her faith is still intact. She continues daily to exhibit strength and determination in the face of sometimes insurmountable odds. She is truly an inspiration to those who know her. She has a wonderful support group a wonderful husband, Bradford, three loving children Stephen,Stefani, and Sydney. Her parents are Glynn and Janice Pittman of Tylertown MS. Granddaughter-in-law of Supt. William Montgomery of Jayess MS. Granddaughter of Artimese Lundy of Tylertown MS

Please help us reach the goal we have set to help Tijuanda receive the much needed kidney transplant so she will be able to live a quality life again. Thank In advance for your support......
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