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.[…]

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[…]

Reann's Kidney Failure

Reann’s Kidney Failure Story

Reann’s Kidney Failure Story   Diagnosis & Starting Dialysis In June 2009 I got rushed into Whiston Hospital  with severe swelling and after lots of tests. I got diagnosed with Nephrotic Syndrome and Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) at the age of 15. In 2012 when I was 18, I had a PD tube fitted.  I[…]

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[…]

Team Manchester at the Transplant Games, 2015

Zoe Dixon, manager of Team Manchester has kindly written a report of the team’s experience and performance at the recent Westfield Health British Transplant Games in Newcastle & Gateshead.  With many thanks to Zoe and Arthur Taylor for sharing the report. BRITISH TRANSPLANT GAMES NEWCASTLE & GATESHEAD 30 July – 2 August 2015 The Manchester[…]

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