Amanda’s Story

Amandas’ kidney failure stemmed from the development of type-one diabetes. After being on dialysis for about 6 months she was able to receive her transplant in 2006. Amanda described the transplant experience as a “miracle”.

The transplant has opened doors to new opportunities and allows her to live the normal life she has always dreamed of.

“I’ve been able to regain employment, I’ve been able to work a full working week, full time effectively, successfully. We’ve been able to engage in a social life again rather than being too ill to go out and enjoy ourselves.” These were probably things a normal  person usually goes through, but, for a Kidney Patient like Amanda, the ability to live a normal life is like a gift in itself. The transplant has given her strength and she was able to appreciate even the smallest things in life. “I’m a totally different person… I think it’s given me strength of character to pursue my goals and work towards achieving everything I want to achieve.”

Amanda was lucky to have not faced much setback after her transplant. The only complication she faced was a diabetic related condition which caused her to feel nauseous. This has made it difficult for her to maintain her daily intake of medical pills. These medications were designed to help treat and prevent any infection or potential complications a patient may experience after their operation.  It is important that the patient keeps up with their medication as the body becomes relatively weak after the operation and it is more susceptible to outside infections.

Her advice to patients who are about to experience a Kidney transplant is to stay informed and take advantage of all the resources available to them. “You should be aware of your condition” she said. Being more aware will help give one a more realistic expectation regarding one’s own recovery and post-transplant requirements. Amanda emphasised that the transplant procedure isn’t a walk in the park. “It takes a lot of vigour and strength of character on the patient’s part and that of the carer and family and friends as well.” It is best for the patient to always stay informed and be prepared for any potential setback.