While IgA Nephropathy is a rare disease, it’s one of the most common kidney diseases besides those resulting from high blood pressure or diabetes.
An estimated 20% to 40% of people with IgA Nephropathy will develop end-stage kidney disease within 20 years of diagnosis and need dialysis or kidney transplant.
The percentage of kidney failure attributable to IgA Nephropathy is 5 times greater in Asian Americans than Caucasians and 15 times greater in Asian Americans than African Americans. Learn more
The first symptom of IgA Nephropathy is typically blood in urine, but it may also show up as spikes in blood pressure, brown urine or an abnormal kidney function test. Diagnosis requires a kidney biopsy, or a doctor examining a piece of a patient’s kidney tissue.
The IgAN Foundation was sparked by a mother’s love and has grown into a community sharing crucial resources and working toward a cure. This day kicks off a week of celebrating the IGA Nephropathy family all week!
IgA Nephropathy can be challenging and mindfulness is an important part of caring for yourself. Take a moment today and implement a mindfulness practice, meditate, or take a few moments in reflection to check in with yourself.
On this day, the Foundation will share the video with Warrior stories compiled (submit yours here if you haven’t yet). We encourage you to also share your own photos and videos from moments along your journey!
What are you doing to feel well today? IgA Nephropathy can sometimes make life feel uncontrollable, but there are some things we can control, for example:
Between care teams, care partners, and medical providers, a lot goes into the care that sustains us as we live with IgA Nephropathy. Take this opportunity to express your appreciation to them!
When the IgA Nephropathy Foundation was created, there were no resources to treat IgA Nephropathy. Now, there are 2 approved FDA treatments and many clinical trials in the works. Our community is strong and full of hope— here’s to even more progress in the future!
We’ll be hosting an in-person celebration (details to come). We’ll miss you if you can’t make it, but please take the time to celebrate however works for you — wearing your IgAN Foundation sunglasses, spending time with loved ones, etc. — just be sure to share a photo and tag us!