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Thaman Pitts is ready to live a long life, but his road to good health has not been easy.

Thaman Pitts is ready to live a long life, but his road to good health has not been easy. In 2007, at the age of 36, Thaman had a stroke –an event that he says “might have been one of the best things to happen to me.” After the stroke, Thaman enlisted the help of Richland Care because he didn’t have health insurance. He was working in car sales but his job provided no health insurance.

At his first appointment with a nephrologist, the doctor told him he would “be dead in two years” if he didn’t get his blood pressure under control. He would most certainly be on dialysis, since his high blood pressure had taken a toll on his kidneys. With Richland Care’s help, Thaman continues to be under the care of a nephrologist and cardiologist, since his high blood pressure has led to fluid build-up around his heart.
 
With the help of his doctors and assistance from Richland Care, Thaman has changed his lifestyle. He has lost 60 pounds and hopes to soon find the energy to begin an exercise regimen. “I couldn’t have done any of this without Richland Care,” says Thaman. “I’ve been off dialysis for 5 years, my BP is under control, and I have stable kidney function. I am ready to continue to live a long life.”
 
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