Living with kidney disease is hard. It takes strength and courage to face the challenges that come with it. Life can be put on hold, dialysis is gruelling, and transplants - while life-saving and life-changing - are not a cure for kidney failure.
Now, as if that wasn’t enough, there’s another challenge that has entirely changed the way all of us are living.
The impact of the coronavirus outbreak on people living with kidney disease is immense.
Many have had to stay at home shielding since March. It’s been difficult both practically and emotionally. As guidelines are relaxed, we need to do everything possible to support the gradual return to ‘normal’ life by helping kidney patients rebuild confidence.
Over 70% of kidney patients have had their care disrupted by the outbreak, and this has caused anxiety and worsened symptoms that were already difficult to tolerate.
At Kidney Care UK we’ve seen a huge increase in the numbers of people coming to us for help since the coronavirus outbreak began. From counselling to tackle mental health issues, to hardship grants addressing the financial problems caused by being unable to work, we’ve continued to be there for kidney patients and their families.
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One such family is Christina and her mum Maureen (right). Maureen has vascular dementia, Parkinson’s disease and kidney failure. There have been a lot financial challenges for Christina to deal with since she gave up her full time job to become sole carer for 80 year old Maureen. So when their cooker broke down just as we went into lockdown, Christina, who also lives with her 15 year old son, was at a loss to know what to do.
This was a huge worry to me… I was feeling so desperate and ashamed that I wasn't able to care for my mother’s nutritional needs properly. I was sinking further and further, already depressed due to my mother's worsening health and feeling isolated and alone due to the lock down preventing me from seeing my family and older children for support.
Christina approached lots of different places for help with getting a new cooker, and couldn’t quite believe it when we said we would help. We authorised an immediate small hardship grant to help purchase a new cooker. The relief for Christina was immense and she wrote to thank us.
I can now order my new cooker and start making proper healthy meals again. The effect this has had on myself, my mum and my young son is obvious for all to see. I honestly do not know what we would have done without your help and I will never be able to thank you enough for your support.
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