This post is Part 3 in a series based on a presentation I recently did. The rest of the posts can be found here. When I was first diagnosed, I lived in New Zealand. As brilliant as the medical treatment I got there was, NZ is a tiny country population-wise, and I knew a grand […]
Kintsugi (金継ぎ) is a traditional Japanese art form, with the name literally meaning to patch with gold. Kintsugi transforms broken pottery into new artwork using gold lacquer to repair the cracks. Being diagnosed with a serious chronic illness and needing an organ transplant are things you never think will happen to you, until they do. When I look back at my pre-CKD […]
Sometimes, I compare myself to other patients. Thanks to both my level of charity involvement and the wonders of social media, I am pretty well-connected to a large number of other renal patients, all in different situations and with different experiences. Some are “much worse” than me. They have stories, from a health perspective, a […]
This post is Part 2 in a series based on a presentation I recently did. The rest of the posts can be found here. Figuring out how to juggle being “healthy” and “sick” at the same time was extremely challenging, and it was made even harder by the fact that everybody else in my life was […]
This post is Part I in a series based on a presentation I recently did. The rest of the posts can be found here. The photo of me on the left is how I thought my life was always going to be. A busy, full-time career working as a primary school teacher. That is, until […]
I’m Holly. Billy the Kid is my transplanted kidney.