Inspirational Short Story: Struggle with Cancer and Kidney Failure
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Coping with a terminal illness is no joke. Death comes knocking every now and then and the thought of suicide comes more often than the thought of hunger. Coping with cancer and kidney failure is not easy but do-able. In fact, it has taught me many lessons about life that few people would have the priviledge of learning.
To cut to the chase, I was diagnosed with kidney failure at the age of 14. My sister was diagnosed first at a polyclinic. At that time, the doctors at the hospital actually told my mother that my sister would die soon unless she had a transplant. My mother was so traumatized she came home crying everyday and no amount of hugs and reassurances I gave her could pacify her. A week later, after my sister was transfered to another hospital because there was a specialist there (thank god), it was my turn to be diagnosed with kidney failure. At that time, I was young and did not know what was it. Moreover, I was feeling all right at that time. I was still active in scouts and was running and jumping about like normal. So I did not really know what to expect. I was told to go on medication but since I didn't have a problem with pills, that did not matter so much.
In the year that followed, I found out alot about my illness. Along with kidney failure came high blood pressure, (Reduce high blood pressure with Hyprava) anaemia, weak bones, dry skin, and a whole lot more. But it wasn't too bad yet. It was only when I was 15 and started dialysis, things began to turn. I had to be home every night for dialysis, a whole 10 hours of it had to be spent hooked up to the machine, and had to forgo going out with my friends at night. For those years I was on dialysis, I rarely went out at night, that is why up till today, I would prefer to be out at night rather than at home. The health bit started kicking in. The anaemia got worse and various things like water retention or dehydration and its symptoms would come once in a while.
When I was 18, I got a transplant from my beloved cousin. He came down all the way from the US to give me his kidney, for which I am eternally grateful. Being a transplant patient has its cons too, but its pros far outweigh the cons. It was immaculate to be able to live life normally again, going out at night, feeling healthier, (I used to be really skinny during dialysis. I wouldn't eat because of the horrible medicine I had to take) as well as regaining my self esteem. Which I felt I lost during the times whilst I was on dialysis. But alas, all good things come to an end.
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