Margaret Sharp: Secretary of High Wycombe branch email
"In 1994 my husband was diagnosed with renal failure. He managed on medication and a change of diet until 2000 when he started haemodialysis. Fourteen months later he had a successful kidney transplant.
Having had support from Six Counties during this time we started the High Wycombe branch, hoping to offer the same level of support to others in the same position."
Maggie Pratt-Heaton: Secretary of Milton Keynes branch email
"I was diagnosed with polycystic kidney disease in 1976 after the birth of my second daughter. As my mother had the disease I always knew I might have it as well. My condition was monitored for years by hospitals in London until I reached the point of chronic renal failure.
After transferring to Milton Keynes peritoneal dialysis followed with a short spell of haemodialysis. I received a transplant in November 2004 and although I had acute rejection and was in hospital for a month, it is still going well. I joined SCKPA in 2006 when I retired and started the Milton Keynes branch the following year. I became Vice Chair in January 2019."
Anne Ollivant: Secretary of Oxford branch email
"I was diagnosed with Lupus in my mid-twenties which eventually led to renal failure. I then had the complete gamut of treatments including CAPD, Haemodialysis and 2 kidney transplants, the 2nd one which is still functioning.
I feel very lucky to have been under the outstanding care of the Churchill Hospital and wanted to give something back to both the hospital and to the SCKPA who had supported me throughout. I therefore volunteered to form the Oxford Branch supported by our members and in a larger role by John & Wendy Sutcliffe"
Mike Pitcher: Secretary of Stoke Mandeville branch email
"I was first diagnosed with renal insufficiency in the mid-2000s. After being actively monitored for several years, I eventually started on PD. This was replaced by HD when PD proved to be not working sufficiently well. So, three times a week I spend the morning in the Stoke Mandeville Renal Unit.
In May 2015 I had a cadaveric transplant which sadly failed. I was never able to stop HD. I am currently on the cadaveric and paired donor waiting lists."
Christian Lawless: Secretary of Swindon branch email
"I was diagnosed with Goodpastures Syndrome in Aug 2008, which put me into complete renal failure within 7 days (no previous medical conditions). I stayed on haemodialysis until my transplant March 2010, when I received a kidney (still going strong) from my brother.
In Nov 2009, I underwent a mechanical Aortic heart valve replacement while on dialysis and in Dec 2013, I was unfortunate to be diagnosed with Non Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a side effect to one of my kidney anti rejection tablets. Chemo lasted until Aug 2014 and I was given the all clear in Jan 2019. I’ve recently joined the SCKPA (2020) Swindon Branch, to help and support others and to give something back for where it all started for me."