Patient Stories

Here you can find a number of stories from our renal patients, explaining their personal journeys. We hope you will find them of interest, that they may give you an insight to what treatment is like and it shows you the difference that our work has made to their lives.

Amitaśūrī ‘s Story by James Yule

It was 1993, when aged 23 my daughter, Amitaśūrī was first diagnosed with Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease (ADPKD), an […]

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Lucy Cort

In 2006 whilst on holiday I was diagnosed with kidney failure. I was 24 years old and whilst I had […]

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Daniel Bailey

My name is Daniel, I am 29 years old and consider myself to be a very lucky young man and […]

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Melanie & Carl

Please help us raise £10,000 for ‘Kidneys for Life’ 10 years ago today my whole world changed forever …… On […]

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Bob Devlin

In 2002 I went for a job interview. I got the job then had to undergo a medical where the […]

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Leonie Scott by Amanda

My mother, Leonie Scott, was a renal patient at Manchester Royal Infirmary and Macclesfield Dialysis Unit and sadly she passed […]

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Peter Baines

Up until last November I was a healthy, young, fit man, running a business and living life to the full […]

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Angela Nicholls

“My journey started in the 1990’s when I was in my teens, due to scarring on both of my kidneys, […]

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Jane McDowell

I have decided it’s about time I did something truly challenging to raise money for charity. The charity choice is […]

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Vicky Brand - Kidneys For Life patient.

Vicky Brand

It was May 1993, I was 23 years old, life was good, I had recently got engaged to my boyfriend, […]

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Millie-Mae Burgess Greenwood

Millie-Mae has gone from being born a healthy baby to a very poorly baby with kidney failure. The doctors didn’t […]

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Lorenza Casini - Kidneys For Life patient.

Lorenza Casini

Back in 2008 I suffered from an unpleasant kidney infection, which developed into some more kidney problems. Between 2008 and […]

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Evan Compston - Kidneys For Life patient.

Evan Compston

In July 2011, I achieved the milestone age of 60 years, which of course is the new 50! I decided […]

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Sarah Cullen - Kidneys For Life patient.

Sarah Cullen

My life changed forever on 22 April 2008, the day I had a pancreas transplant.  I awoke at five to […]

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Liam Dorsey - Kidneys For Life patient.

Liam Dorsey

Kidneys for Life produced a short DVD to explain a little about kidney disease, transplantation and dialysis which was shown […]

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Elaine Elkin - Kidneys For Life Patient.

Elaine Elkin

“Let’s do a sponsored trek. Oh, and we’ll aim to finish it six months after the operation.” This was what […]

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Des Gardner - Kidneys For Life patient.

Des Gardner

Legal expert, husband and father of 2, Des Gardner is 42 and just a tiny bit crazy. Over the years […]

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Helen Godley - Kidneys For Life patient.

Helen Godley

“My mum was diagnosed with gradual kidney failure a few years ago now, and at the beginning of 2007 she […]

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Paul Heapy - Kidneys For Life patient.

Paul Heapy

Paul Heapy was diagnosed with acute renal failure at the age of 23 and had several operations and dialysis before […]

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Tony Kershaw and Mike Kewley - Kidneys For Life patients.

Tony Kershaw & Mike Kewley

Mike Kewley & Tony Kershaw met on Ward 9 in 2005 having both suffered from kidney disease and on the […]

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Kay Knowles - Kidneys For Life patient.

Kay Knowles

Kay Knowles who many of you may know passed away in September 2008 just after her 69th birthday.  Kay was […]

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Mandy Lake - Kidneys For Life patient.

Mandy Lake

In Memory of Mandy Lake We asked the family and friends for memories of Mandy and these are just a […]

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Paul McCabe - Kidneys For Life patient.

Paul McCabe

Machu Picchu. A place I had always wanted to visit since I was a boy. Last year a good friend […]

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Lorraine Pooley

I begin this feature with ‘My Story’ and then move onto how Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) changed my life and […]

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Kate Quinn

Kate Quinn who received a kidney from her Mum in 2003 is the partner of Justin who took part in […]

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Joanne Roberts - Kidneys For Life patient.

Joanne Roberts

If loosing an eye, crippling a foot and having my stomach sliced open several times wasn’t enough to ruin my […]

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Jean Ross - Kidneys For Life patient.

Jean Ross

At the age of 12, I started to feel ill at school, dizzy spells, blurred vision and tiredness. Prior to […]

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Alan Silcock

Three Transplants and still going strong photo available Alan Silcock turned 60 in Oct last year, a milestone for anyone […]

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Ellie Wharfe - Kidneys For Life patient.

Ellie Wharf

I am currently living and working in Auckland, New Zealand and last October, whilst here, I was told that my […]

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