Exodus Simmons, the 5-year-old son of late rapper DMX, is living with stage 3 chronic kidney disease. The child’s mother, Desiree Lindstrom, opened up about her son’s condition during a recent interview on the It’s Tricky With Raquel Harper podcast.
“Exodus is stable. He’s been stable since I had him,” Lindstrom said on the podcast. “He still has stage 3 kidney disease and I just continue to keep his potassium down. He can’t eat no high-potassium foods. He goes to the doctor very often. I make sure that his creatinine levels are at the levels that they need to be to keep him stable. He’s an amazing child.”
Lindstrom continued to express her love for Exodus when she shared a clip of the podcast interview on her Instagram.
“Exodus is an amazing child! Blessed to be his mother through this journey,” she wrote. “March is the month that brings awareness to kidney disease. Take the time to learn about CKD. Knowledge is key. Thank you for the support.”
Lindstrom, who was engaged to X at the time of his death, also honored her son on National Kidney Day.
“National Kidney Day…March 10th! Blessings from our family to yours! Exodus is a CKD Warrior and an amazing child! Thanks for all the love and support from @NationalkidneyFoundation,” she wrote on Instagram.
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“It’s so sad and heartbreaking as a mother when your son ask mommy when can we go and be with daddy and God in heaven…!” she wrote.
Speaking with Raquel Harper, Lindstrom said there have been “a lot of different changes” since DMX’s death.
“I’m learning how to do facials, waxing, trying to build myself,” she said, according to Page Six. “I just want to build myself to be a great mother to Exodus. I want him to see that he has a strong mother, for one, that can stand up on her own. And I’m just trusting in God through the process.”
As Blavity previously reported, DMX died in April after sustaining a heart attack as a result of a drug overdose. The iconic rapper, whose real name is Earl Simmons, was 50 years old when he died.