With your help, we can extend our reach and support even more individuals in our community.
Navigating kidney disease is not just a physical challenge but an emotional one as well. David's life took an unexpected turn following his diagnosis. He had to reduce his work hours and eventually stop working altogether. It's a path that many with kidney disease find themselves on, one that is marked by confusion and isolation.
As we know, those living with kidney disease are sometimes something of a forgotten community. This is mainly due to the significant amount of time they spend receiving treatment, such as dialysis, which can take over 20 hours per week. In addition, many kidney patients have complex medical and social needs, including housing and employment, which can result in their exclusion from mainstream work and social settings.
The impact on David's health, both physically and mentally, significantly affected his and his family's lifestyle. Understanding the changes in his body, and managing hospital appointments, treatments, diet, wellness, and energy levels was daunting.
David got in touch with Brian, the Kidney Society’s dedicated Community Health Educator who provided valuable support and resources over the phone, and through home visits.
“Being able to talk to someone who could explain in more detail things like my blood test results and sharing things like the ‘Know Your Kidney Numbers’ form was very helpful. Brian was able to both provide information and talk to me in a way that was easy to understand.”
At the Kidney Society, we've had the privilege of supporting over 3,000 individuals living with kidney disease. We understand the impact this condition has on every aspect of life, and we offer services to help individuals make informed decisions about treatment options, manage dialysis, and help them have the best quality of life available to them. Brian worked closely with David to help him make decisions about his treatment. He also introduced David to our Wellness Programme, where he could safely reintroduce exercise into his life.
David wasn’t sure what kinds of exercise he could do and says Wellness Educator, Tracey, provided him with resources and tips to help him safely embed movement into his life.
We know that, with the help of our current supporters, being able to provide phone and home visits, our wellness programme and wellness packs, and our dialysis houses help a number of our clients to improve the quality of their lives. We want to continue being able to support everyone with kidney disease. However, the number of people with kidney disease continues to rise, placing additional demands on our services.
This Christmas, we turn to you, our valued community, with a heartfelt request.
Your generous donation, or simply reaching out to those in your network who might wish to contribute, can help the Kidney Society extend its support to more individuals like David. Your support enables us to offer free services that include essential information, resources, practical and emotional support, and connections to broader community networks.
This Christmas, your gift can make a significant difference in the lives of those facing the daily challenges of kidney disease. We are immensely grateful for your support. May your holiday season be filled with love, joy, and the knowledge that you've made a life-changing impact.
pays for a wellness pack to be sent to someone in need.
means we can send our Kidney Society magazine to 5 clients throughout the year.
funds a series of home visits to clients.
means we can support one patient and their family with our services for a year.