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[…]

Abba, Dementia and Empathy

Cristina and I have given a few presentations about GMKIN in the past few months but they felt like rehearsals for the main event, the British Renal Society Annual Conference which this year was held at Leeds University. Our journey to Leeds didn’t bode well for the rest of the conference: motorway traffic jams, a[…]

The Ticking Clock of Routine and Twitter Friends

The weekend didn’t get off to a good start so it shouldn’t have come as a surprise that by Sunday afternoon my mood was heading steadily downwards. We were supposed to be travelling to the north-east to visit my step mother-in-law in her care home but the snow that greeted us on Saturday morning put[…]

Pause For Thought

I’ve always been one for reflecting on events in my life, thankfully these days I manage to avoid the negative, confidence sapping reflection that fuelled my period of deep depression. Nowadays I look for the postive things in my life and celebrate even the minor achievements no matter how insignificant. Until last week I counted[…]

GMKIN Registration and Blogging process

I recently created a document (see link below) which gives a step by step overview of registering on the GMKIN website and also how to create your own blogs.  If you’re already registered on the GMKIN website then simply login and proceed to the section of the attached document about creating you own blog.  […]