Introduction to The Seed

Cristina, the initiator of #GMKIN, asked me to write a poem about relationships developed on #GMKIN to share at #UKKW2016. When I was first diagnosed with #ESRD eight years ago there were no local kidney information support groups that I was informed about or aware of. #GMKIN helps fill that gap. I hope people enjoy[…]

Tolvaptan: A Game Changer?

It’s almost two years since I wrote a blog called Parental Dilemma in which I posed the question in relation to a genetic disorder “would you test your child or would ignorance be bliss?” The genetic disorder in question was Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease (ADPKD) and it caused the complete failure of my kidneys[…]

Half full or half empty?

  My daughter asked me an interesting question the other day. “Is your glass half full or half empty mum?”. I thought about this and started reflecting on my life. Do I think that I’ve been dealt some unlucky cards? Well yes if I consider that not long after I separated from my daughter’s father[…]

Newbie to gmkin..Hello :-)

Hello all, complete newbie to gmkin and this blogging malarkey, be kind… Not really sure how to start this, so here goes… When you’re asked ‘how are you?’ or ‘all ok with you?’.. It’s easier to answer ‘alls ok’ or ‘not too bad’ Not say how rubbish you feel things really are. Why would anyone[…]

Depression in CKD sufferers

“There are three clinical psychologists attached to the Salford Royal Renal Department.” “People with depression often have worse physical health, as well as worse self-perceived health, than those without depression.” source “1 in 4 people (in Britain) will experience some kind of mental health problem in the course of a year.” source “In a study[…]