I have decided to write this blog as I have recently begun kidney dialysis after five-and-a-half years of living with a fully functioning kidney transplant.
I first encountered kidney problems at the age of 10, when I was hospitalised with stomach cramps and rashes appearing on my legs and torso. My parents were told that the condition I had, known as Henoch–Schönlein purpura, might affect my kidneys later in life. At the age of 15, I began haemodiaylsis treatment as a result of my kidneys failing.
Following a successful kidney transplant from my Mum in March 2000, I was able to lead a normal teenage life again – take my GCSE’s, study for my A-Levels, play football and generally get my life back. But just two years later, I was back on dialysis after the HSP returned to attack my transplant.
Four years of dialysis passed before I received the call from Addenbrooke’s telling me that there was a kidney waiting for me, and in November 2006 I underwent my second kidney transplant operation, which has lasted me up until now.
My aim for this blog is to provide insight, information and advice to anyone who may be going through ESRF (End Stage Renal Failure) or knows someone who is. I am always happy to answer any questions or queries anyone may have about my condition and the treatment I undertake.
Thank you for taking the time to read the blog, and please feel free to get in touch at any time.