Anxiety, Storms & Demons on the Boat

Sometimes life is very loud. Thoughts, worries, ideas and concerns spin around and around inside my head all at the same time, jumbling together to create a mess of confusion that’s impossible to find a way through. Finding myself in the middle of this mess is often totally overwhelming. I have spent many years in […]

Gratitude & frustration: post-transplant body image

My hair and I are in a long-term love/hate relationship. For many years, I absolutely hated it. I’m adopted, so nobody else in my family had hair as curly as mine, and my parents weren’t particularly adept styling it when I was growing up, so we just kind of ignored that it was the way […]

Four days. 723 transplant recipients. One amazing experience.

If I had to think of a list of words to describe myself, “sporty” or “athletic” would absolutely not feature. I don’t really even like to watch sport, and I not-so-secretly pride myself on being the least rugby-knowledgeable Kiwi most people will ever meet. Attending an event like the British Transplant Games wasn’t something that really […]

Me, Billy the Kid…and Mr. Right?

In September last year, I turned 30. My younger self always thought I’d be married by now. In my mind, it was just how life worked. I would finish secondary school, then university, after which would come building a career, buying a house and somewhere in between all those milestones Mr. Right would appear, eventually […]

I Volunteer: Tracey Sinclair

My final guest blogger for Volunteers Week is Tracey Sinclair. Tracey is a kidney transplant recipient who volunteers for the National Kidney Federation (NKF) as well as for her local kidney patients association. Tracey is passionate about supporting young renal patients and ensuring their voices and opinions are able to be heard. She can be […]