Everyone has defining moments, those things that happen in your life that shape who you’ve become…or are becoming. For me, it started with an innocent doctor’s appointment that ended with a life changing chronic medical diagnosis. I had a decision to make, kidney disease could have me or I could have it…I chose the latter. With faith, a positive attitude and a whole lot of gratitude, I’ve been able to navigate the highs and lows of being chronically “invisibly” ill.
Moment of Clarity
When I was diagnosed with end-stage renal disease, I had my life already planned out. I was going to be a Psychologist and take over the world with my husband, two and a half kids, a house with a white picket fence and of course a dog as the cherry on top. That idea was taken from me, and I was lost. God revealed himself in my life and began to lead me to my purpose and destiny. He’d given me everything I needed to be victorious and overcome the obstacles that would come. He also gifted me with the wisdom and knowledge to empower others with chronic “invisible” illnesses to do the same. I began doing patient advocacy and have accomplished many amazing things. For me, the most rewarding part of advocacy has been the opportunity to help others and help them find their voice. I want to help you find your voice and take you on a journey where you grow and learn that you have everything inside of you to overcome the obstacles in your life. It’s not easy, but it’s worth it.
Quin Taylor is a patient advocate with an expertise in chronic kidney disease. Quin is also a patient engagement specialist, speaker, author, gratitude enthusiast and kidney transplant recipient. She is the owner and sole proprietor of Tayloring Gratitude. She is affiliated with many renal organizations including the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois, the Gift of Hope, and Qsource ESRD Network 10. Quin participates as a member of the Vascular Access affinity group with the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) and is on the Board of Directors for Nephrologist Transforming Dialysis Safety (NTDS). She is one of the authors of, “Patient-reported outcome measures for life participation in kidney transplantation: a systemic review” published January 2019 in the American Journal of Transplantation. She has received the Gift of Hope’s Life Saving Partners’ Award for her work in spreading the importance of organ donation. She is also the recipient of the Robert Felter Memorial Award for Qsource ESRD Network 10 for successfully living with kidney disease and her contributions to the kidney community at large. Quin is a trained speaker and has had the opportunity to speak and share her story with many people. Quin is a woman of faith and gratitude. She has implemented these gifts in her life to overcome many obstacles. Quin is skilled in showing people with chronic illnesses how to implement similar tools in their lives while inspiring, empowering and encouraging others. She has a Psychology background and worked as a social worker in mental health for over 5 years. Most recently, she was a Patient Liaison where she focused on patient engagement and building effective bridges of communication between patients and medical professionals.