So the adventure begins

On the 1st September 2015, Laurie Smith made the most selfless decision anyone could ever make…she made the decision to donate her kidney. Laurie has been a friend of my husband’s family for over 15 years. She heard about my condition through the family, and said that she was willing to check her compatibility as…

Organ Donor Walk

On the 14th August, Laurie, my donor and I, together with our families and friends, took part in the Organ Donor Foundation 5km Walk on Durban’s beachfront to create awareness for the need of organ donors in KZN. It was such a fun day out with such a positive feeling of hope and determination from…

I survived a year!

This month, I have been on dialysis for a year…I survived a year! Well, technically I have survived 4 years since been diagnosed with kidney failure but this last year I finally gave in and began dialysis treatment…and to be honest, it hasn’t been as scary as I thought. Looking back, if I had known…

It’s a match!

It’s been a while since I last wrote and that’s because I have been waiting for the right time to share with you all the most amazing news! I have a potential donor!! As you are aware, the only “cure” right now for this dreaded disease, once your kidneys have failed, is a kidney transplant.…

Organ Donor Foundation

Last month I attended such a special event at the new Gateway Private Hospital. It was a press and media day for the organ donor foundation. The aim of the press session was to create awareness of organ donation in South Africa, but particularity in KZN where the number of people receiving transplants is reducing at…

Understanding Dialysis

I have been asked by many people, what is dialysis? Trust me, I hadn’t heard of it before I found out I had kidney disease and the thought of it made me look at every alternative before resorting to it. However, after 8 months and 120 sessions later, I have come to terms with it…

Hello 2016

It’s a new year and with that brings new opportunities and new beginnings! The last few months have been filled with so many emotions… It’s been challenging, tough, scary, uneasy, gloomy and frustrating. But is has also been filled with so much love, laughter, optimism and hope! The last few months I have truly grown…