Carla – played by Alison King – has returned to the soap and tonight she shared with millions of viewers that she is unwell. We have been working with the researchers and writers of the soap for the last few months, providing them with information, advice and support to ensure that the storyline is portrayed as accurately as possible (within the realms of a television drama). Being able to portray kidney disease in a soap watched by millions of people is a huge opportunity to raise awareness of kidney disease, get people talking about organ donation at such a crucial time as well as providing support for people who are affected and who do not know about the ways Kidney Care UK can help kidney patients and their families.
Kidney Care UK Policy Director, Fiona Loud said about the story line, “We are pleased to have been asked to advise upon the kidney-related aspects of Carla’s story, however please note that this is a drama and the story is intended the keep the audience engaged. By highlighting one person’s journey with kidney disease we hope that this will get people talking about kidneys, and about organ donation, as happened when the story first broke.
Carla was breathless, feeling sick and scared as any of us would be when faced with a challenging future. By coincidence the first-ever consultation on organ donation in England is now live so it is timely to have a story of kidney disease and to ask the public to think about keeping their kidneys healthy and having an organ donation conversation.”
Whether or not you have just been diagnosed yourself, are having difficulties telling friends and family, are scared about what kidney disease means, the treatments involved or just day to day life with kidney disease we are here for you.
What is kidney failure? The reality is that most people do not think about the vital role their kidneys play until they are not working properly. Our kidneys play a number of really important roles and so when they start to fail we find ourselves feeling tired, having a lack of appetite, and feeling sick. Some people also have itchy skin, swelling in their legs, breathlessness or headaches. Because these symptoms are quite common and linked to a number of illnesses people don’t often take them seriously but if you have heart disease high blood pressure or diabetes it is particularly important that you have your kidneys checked as these are two of the main causes of kidney disease. For more information about kidney disease download our Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) leaflet.
There are five stages of chronic kidney disease so if you’ve just recently been diagnosed and you are still coming to terms with what this means – you might find our newly diagnosed section useful . There are two main treatments for kidney failure – dialysis and transplantation. You can find out more about these in our treatments section. Just 1% of people with kidney disease develop kidney failure so it’s important to understand your own situation. Find out more about the different types of kidney related conditions.
If you feel like you could benefit from having a chat with one of our counselling team please find out more about our counselling service. Our telephone counselling is free and can be used by anyone affected by kidney disease, including carers and family members.
19 develop kidney disease every day in the UK
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