What's it really like? - Experiences of kidney patients and their families
This is a series written by people who have first hand experience of what it is like to be on:
- Being told you’ve got Kidney Failure (Maureen)
- Kidney failure: a personal account (Isambard)
- Returning to Dialysis after a failed Transplant (Harriet Anne Larder)
Living donor transplants
- Living donor transplant from brother (Greta)
- Transplant from mother - and its failure (Shane)
- Would I still say yes? (Donor’s view) (Pamela)
If you found these articles helpful, you may also be interested in our Perceptions series, on this website.
If you are connected in any way with renal failure, either as a patient, carer, or by employment and you would like to submit a short article for possible inclusion in this area then please do. Contributions from Carers are particularly needed.
DO - Write about a single event - examples might be having a kidney biopsy, or a particular operation, or a dialysis line inserted. It doesnt have to be strictly medical, - having a baby, or specific problems dealing with the hospital or social services fall within the range of the project.
DO - Feel free to produce as many sections as you want (within reason!)
DO - Keep it fairly short. About 500 words would be right, or if you are writing by hand, 1 or 2 sides of A4. If it seems necessary to write more or less than this, do so.
DO NOT - Write your whole life story. We want short focused pieces for What it is Really Like. However, anything longer can be considered for the website section known as Perceptions, but this is not the section that this piece is talking about.
DO NOT - Worry about spelling and grammar if you do not think you are good with words - the editorial team can sort this out for you.
Send your article to the ‘Medical Editor’ at the Worksop office (address below) or EMAIL it to the firstname.lastname@example.org
The National Kidney Federation cannot accept responsibility for information provided. The above is for guidance only. Patients are advised to seek further information from their own doctor.