May 27, 2023
The music world mourns the loss of Tina Turner, the iconic Queen of Rock, who passed away at the age of 83 after battling a long illness. Known for her powerful voice and chart-topping hits like "What's Love Got to Do With It" and "The Best," Turner's career spanned decades and left an indelible mark on the industry. However, her journey was not without health struggles.
Two months prior to her passing, Turner shared a heartfelt Instagram post where she expressed regret for neglecting her kidney health. She revealed that she had ignored the symptoms and severity of kidney disease, unaware of the dangers it posed. Her message emphasized the importance of valuing and caring for our kidneys, urging her followers to prioritize their own health.
Turner's personal reflections shed light on her own experience with high blood pressure, a condition she had not fully comprehended. In 2013, a stroke revealed the extent of her kidney problems, prompting her to take dialysis treatments. In her post, she candidly admitted her regret for not realizing the consequences of untreated hypertension and emphasized the need for lifelong therapy with medication.
Following her diagnosis, Turner underwent dialysis, a process that involved filtering toxins and fluids from her blood as her kidneys struggled to function properly. Although she received a kidney transplant from her husband in 2017, her body faced difficulties accepting the organ, resulting in additional hospital visits. Even at the time of her Instagram post, the challenges she faced remained unresolved.
Fellow singer and close friend, Cher, shared insights into Turner's final years, describing her as "really sick" and expressing Tina's readiness to be free from her suffering. Cher's words highlighted Turner's strength and resilience throughout her health battles. Turner's family and her official Instagram page released statements mourning her passing and honoring her musical legacy, recognizing her significant impact on fans around the world.
Tina Turner's journey serves as a poignant reminder of the importance of prioritizing our health and seeking appropriate medical care. Her openness about her struggles with kidney disease raises awareness about the significance of early detection and proper management. As we remember Turner's extraordinary contributions to music, let us also reflect on the value of self-care and the need to cherish our bodies.
Rich Foreman brings over 30 years of technology leadership to his role of CEO and Co-Founder of KidneySoft. As founding CTO, Rich led the team that developed the CordicoShield / CordicoFire Wellness App. Cordico was honored with the Sacramento Innovation Award in 2021. After achieving a 7 digit ARR, Cordico was acquired by Lexipol in 2020. Rich has a BS in Industrial Engineering from the University of Washington, an MPA from Troy State University and was an officer in the U.S. Navy. Rich co-authored his book, "Tap into the Mobile Economy." Rich's blog was listed in Top 20 Marketing Mobile Blogs of 2014. He has been featured on KCRA3, NEWS10, 1170 Tech AM PowerDrive, Business Radio Money 105.5, SiliconIndia, the Sacramento Business Journal, and the Sacramento Bee. Rich is also the Founding Director of the Sacramento Chapter of Startup Grind and served a term as Utility Commissioner for the City of Folsom. Rich is a regular contributor to TechWire.net and StartupSac. Rich was the Co-founder of Apptology which was named Small Business of the Year in 2014 by the Sacramento Asian Pacific Chamber. He was also the Founding Chief Technology Officer at Cordico. Cordico was acquired by Lexipol in 2020. Rich also served 4 years as a Naval Officer in the Civil Engineer Corps.
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