Bonney Lake woman helps others understand kidney disease | Northwest Kidney Centers’ fundraiser May 14

Lora Roy of Bonney Lake, one of the first female aircraft mechanics in Air Force, has faced health problems for the past 35 years. But she remains upbeat, confident and ready to face her next challenge.

Lora Roy

By Cynthia Flash

Lora Roy of Bonney Lake, one of the first female aircraft mechanics in Air Force, has faced health problems for the past 35 years. But she remains upbeat, confident and ready to face her next challenge.

A long-time diabetic, she suffered a heart attack on Christmas Eve 2009. Later, during an angioplasty procedure, both her kidneys failed, causing damage that turned out to be permanent.

Now Roy, 65, gets dialysis treatments three times a week at Northwest Kidney Centers in Enumclaw. A dialysis machine removes body waste and extra fluid since her kidneys can no longer do that job. Roy is working hard to qualify for the wait list to receive a kidney transplant from a deceased donor. It’s not easy, as she works to lose weight and feels wiped out from the three-to-four-hour dialysis treatments. But Roy is persevering through it.

That perseverance has served her well throughout her life. She spent her earlier years serving in the U.S. Air Force for four years. She eventually married her military supervisor and she and her husband Don, now married 41 years, have three children and three grandchildren with another one due this month. After raising her children, she worked at a bank and the Fred Meyer in Bonney Lake.

While she basks in the joy of her family, Roy says that, “living with kidney disease is a pain in the butt.” But it hasn’t stopped her. She and her husband travel often to Las Vegas to visit family. Because she needs dialysis every few days, she books ahead at a dialysis clinic on the road.

When she first heard she had kidney failure, she says, “I thought, ‘My life’s over.’ But my husband proved to me otherwise. We can go anywhere we want. Nothing has to stop you. What stops people is their mind. If you open your mind up, you can do anything.”

Roy is one of the more than 10 percent of American adults with chronic kidney disease, which is more common in people with diabetes and high blood pressure. Chronic kidney disease often gets worse over time and it can result in permanent kidney failure. However, the progression can be slowed or stopped if people get diagnosed early and change their lifestyles to incorporate healthier habits.

If kidney disease progresses to kidney failure, it’s life-threatening. Only regular dialysis treatments or a kidney transplant will keep the patient alive.

Roy is happy to tell her story in advance of Northwest Kidney Centers’ May 14 Breakfast of Hope at the Westin Seattle, which will raise money to support transplant services and charity care.  Roy hopes she can educate others about kidney disease and persuade them to talk to their doctors about it. Screening tests are easy, inexpensive and important for people at increased risk.

Northwest Kidney Centers’ website offers information about kidney disease, diagnosis, treatment, classes and recipes for easy and delicious dishes. It’s also the place to sign up for the Breakfast of Hope. Visit





More in Life

Get your fill of winter activities on Mount Rainier

Mount Rainier’s landscape undergoes a dramatic transformation in winter.

Bonney Lake, Sumner gear up for holiday festivities

Plateau holiday festivities are right around the corner.

Enumclaw, Buckley busy during the holidays

What’s going on during the holiday season on the Plateau? Here’s a list of activities you and your family may enjoy!

Giving Trees help kids with Christmas

Nexus Youth And Families Enumclaw is asking local residents to help a child in need this Christmas by participating in the organization’s Giving Tree program.

Art display by local teachers, students

For the next month, the city of Enumclaw, 4Culture of King County and Arts Alive! will present an exhibition of current works by students of local art class teachers.

Surplus van benefits Enumclaw seniors

A surplus Metro Transit van was donated last week to the Enumclaw Senior Center to assist the facility in meeting a variety of transportation needs.

Preventing a Hepatitis A outbreak | Public Health Insider

Hepatitis A is a liver disease caused by a highly contagious virus. A large outbreak in San Diego, along with outbreaks in Los Angeles and in Salt Lake City has Public Health officials concerned that a hepatitis A outbreak could occur in King County. Dr. Jeff Duchin, King County’s Health Officer, explains who’s at risk and what can be done to prevent an outbreak.

Rescue group aims to save dogs’ lives; Saturday fun run will benefit the cause

All great dogs end with a tail, but this great tale begins with a dog.

Annual quilt show coming to Expo Center

The Crystal Quilters are preparing for a return to the Enumclaw Expo Center, getting ready for their 22nd annual quilt show.

Scottish Country dancers return to Enumclaw for 23rd year

For more than two decades, this group of dancers — now led by Jim and Pat McDonald — has been encouraging people from all over South King County and East Pierce County to learn more about their Scottish heritage or, barring a clan bloodline, to just get out and try something new.

Learn to compost with some red wrigglers

The Dinkelman Worm Farm is hosting a vermiculture demonstration — or the cultivation of earth worms — at the Delvin Farms Good For All Plants event next weekend to help people create compost in their own homes to help benefit their gardens or farms.

Free series provides insight from expert on death, dying

As a funeral home director in the 1980s, Duane Weeks began wondering why people weren’t dealing with death very well.