My New Kidney and Me

In December 2010, one phone message changed everything for Greg Baldauf. After thirty-five years of living with polycystic kidney disease (PKD), he learned that his kidneys were in renal failure and he would need a transplant to survive. Baldauf’s words will be illuminating for anyone going through this situation, describing the physical, psychological, and emotional struggles that can come when facing a failure of the body.

Amazon Rankings, March 2020
#1 in Genetic Health
#1 in Organ Transplants
#18 in Amazon’s New Releases

All profits from the sale of the book will be donated to help find a cure for Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD), to fund kidney disease research and education, and to support an educational fund for the children of Greg’s living donor.



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Book Launch Party

December 2, 2020 from 4-6pm
Pelican Pointe Golf and Country Club
499 Derbyshire Drive
Venice, Florida  34285

About Greg

Greg Baldauf was born in Chicago and lived in the area for most of his life, eventually raising a family with his wife, Audrey, in Evanston, a northern suburb. After completing an undergraduate degree at Northwestern University, he briefly taught high school English in downstate Marion, Illinois. Returning to Chicago, Greg did graduate work in counseling at Loyola University. While completing a PhD in counseling psychology, he was hired and eventually became a professor of psychology and student development at Oakton Community College in Des Plaines, Illinois. In his thirty-one years at Oakton, Greg studied and taught wellness, men’s psychology, topics in human services, and substance-abuse counseling. He also explored aspects of multicultural psychology and spirituality through the study of Inca shamanism and working with Andean medicine people in Peru. Greg is the father of three wonderful children who play an essential role in his story. He’s now humbled and fortunate to have three amazing grandchildren: Cybele, Stella, and Graham. Now retired, Greg and Audrey live in Venice, Florida.

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A Letter to My Readers

Dear Family, Friends and All Readers, Thank you for pre-ordering my book – My New Kidney and Me – from Amazon! Your generous and enthusiastic support in March propelled the book to:                                                 #1 on Amazon’s Genetic Health                                                 #1 on Amazon’s Organ Transplants #18 on Amazon’s New Releases    You made me a bestsellingContinue reading “A Letter to My Readers”


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