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Darren Cawley
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« on: June 10, 2020, 01:28:24 PM »

Hi All,

Darren, 42, from Ireland.

Kidney failure for over 22 years now (since 1998) and currently doing terrific with a successful transplant.

I did however spend initially, 2 years on dialysis, had and lost a transplant within 2 years, then spent the next 9 years in a row on haemodialysis in the West of Ireland. Most of my 20's and early 30's.

Hate might be too strong a word but I certainly didn't enjoy it!

I learnt loads about myself and thanks to kidney failure I believe I am now a strong, resilient person with the coping skills to deal, not just with kidney issues, but with anything life throws at me.

I speak at events from business/pharma to colleges/schools talking on what I've learnt from adversity. This is certainly something I have learnt to love doing. I feel helping others creates a sense of gratitude that I can indeed be a useful, productive person even after all the challenges of kidney disease. Dialysis is tough but it can be a great teacher!

I love sport and have represented Ireland several times at the Transplant & Dialysis Games. I am married with two young children. I love reading, mainly non-fiction and I believe a positive attitude is vital in dealing with the things we as a group must endure.

Best wishes to all

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« Reply #1 on: June 10, 2020, 02:35:07 PM »

Oh, my son, you are a WARRIOR!!!    :bow;

"Eggs are so inadequate, don't you think?  I mean, they ought to be able to become anything, but instead you always get a chicken.  Or a duck.  Or whatever they're programmed to be.  You never get anything interesting, like regret, or the middle of last week."
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« Reply #2 on: June 10, 2020, 05:53:54 PM »

Welcom to the site Darren


You’re going well, keep it up  :cheer: , Cas

I started out with nothing and I still have most of it left

1983 high proteinloss in urine, chemo, stroke,coma, dialysis
1984 double nephrectomy
1985 transplant from dad
1998 lost dads kidney, start PD
2003 peritineum burst, back to hemo
2012 start Nxstage home hemo
       still on waitinglist, still ok I think
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« Reply #3 on: November 10, 2020, 09:15:03 PM »

Hello there! Welcome to the site. How are you?
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« Reply #4 on: November 24, 2020, 12:54:42 PM »

Hi Darren! Thank you for your inspiring story. You are a real champion. Welcome to the group. Hope to see you around!
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