The Energy Needed for Dialysis and Josh Vuong's Power to Live

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Josh Vuong: I look at life like there's always people out there that have it worse than you. I dialyze Monday, Wednesday, and Friday nights, and I'm off by between 3:00 and 4:00 in the morning. Honestly, half the people don't even know what dialysis is that I talk to. I literally tell him to Google it. But basically I tell them my kidneys don't work. I don't really pee. And I got to get attached to a machine three days a week to filter my blood.

There's days I wake up and I don't want to wake up. I want to go back to sleep and I don't want to deal with people. Luckily I have biking. Man, biking, it puts the biggest smile on my face, man. And the community too, man. All the friends I make biking, it's been a hell of a run, that's for sure. But between the people and just getting out there and getting it done and being in the air, man, I love dirt jumping. It's what makes me go to the next day.

I'm not defined by dialysis. I know, I see a lot of people, they'll look at me and they're like, "Oh, that's that guy that does dialysis." No, I'm the guy who rides bikes. I'm the guy who works for Bike Hub. The guy who likes to eat food. I'm just a regular dude, man.

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