my first blog

Hello and how are YOU doing?

The name’s cathy, I’m 21 years old and I have PKD. The problem with acronyms is that they make things sound a lot more scary than they are. PKD stands for Polycistic Kidney Disease, and all it means is that there are multiple cysts on kidneys. Yes, it is genetic – I inherited it from my dad. Like my introduction says I am new to the condition so I am learning as I go, a journey I hope you will join and use this platform to share ideas and opinions.

My story:

I was diagnosed about 3 years ago after going to a&e with really bad belly pain, I later found out that it is one of the most common symptoms along with high blood pressure. At the time I was frightened as I was an 18 year old, who had just found out she had a disease she did not know of or understand. My diagnosis has  changed my life, but for the better. I’ve learned to live life fully, to and not take it for granted. I hope that with this blog I will be able to help a person who is in the same position as I was 3 years ago – confused, angry and uncertain.

What I will try to give you is a glimpse of my life, I want to show you the good days (when I feel great and on top of the world) the bad days (when I feel ill) and the cheating days (when I strugle to put the cream cake down).  I also hope to give you some recipes that I’ve either made myself or found online, but rest assured they will be trialled and tested by me PERSONALLY.

It’s a bit too late to wish you a happy new year, since January is almost 28 days old. The next best thing is for me to end this on a cheesy and cliché  note….



Peace and love



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