The travelling kidney…

The travelling kidney…   Gold standard, super duper insurance… Check Drugs squashed into their smallest transportable form…Check Clinic letters crumpled in my hand luggage…Check What could go wrong?? Believe it or not, getting sick abroad is practically my forte. I’m so good at it I can usually manage a hospitalisation in every country I visit.[…]

Slight return

Emotions and Music (slight return)

Introduction A few years ago I wrote a blog on how music could trigger emotions in us and that particular pieces of music were often linked to specific memories. (Emotions and Music). Cristina recently shared a link on Twitter to the original blog and challenged me to add a few more pieces of music. In[…]

Shirley and her CaMKIN experience

Shirley and her CaMKIN experience

Blog from a CaMKIN member, Shirley and her CaMKIN experience. I first heard of “CaMKIN” through a mutual friend so I requested to join the group, which led me to attending the Coffee and Cake meet up on 29.06.19 at Café Lucaya in Liverpool. I attended the group event and was really happy to meet[…]

Dying to Live

I’m Dying to Live

I’m dying to live! I’d never seen something so beautiful. The sun glazed the snow-capped mountains, the occasional cloud drifted past the summit and I couldn’t wipe this stupid enormous smile off my face. As I sat eating my lunch amongst the highest peaks in North Wales, I just didn’t know if I’d ever top[…]

Giving a Gift

Spare Kidney: Good Working Order

Spare Kidney:  GWO Even though I had been a renal nurse for many years it had never occurred to me that I could be a live kidney donor in the paired/pool scheme.  My only experience of live donation had been through patients whose family or friends had donated. While working as a Renal Therapy specialist[…]

A father donates to his son

A father donates to his son

We have been following Joe for some time now, most recently we featured his return to dialysis following the failure of his transplant. This blog and accompanying video features Joe and his father Philip as they go through living donation as a father donates to his son. A father donates to his son I confess[…]

Caroline Williams

Caroline Williams Story

With thanks to Caroline Williams and Kidneys for Life for giving us permission to share Caroline’s story. Caroline Williams Story It was 2006, not too long after my 29th birthday.  I had been feeling tired for some time and suffering from frequent headaches, I just put this down to my busy social calendar and too[…]

British Transplant Games

British Transplant Games

As the British Transplant Games 2019 were officially launched in Newport earlier this week, I thought it would be good to share Zoe Dixon’s article on last year’s hugely successful games in Birmingham as a bit of inspiration to everyone to get involved. If you can go to Newport, whether as competitor or spectator, I[…]

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