Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Dialysis Is Just One More Challenge

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Dialysis Is Just One More Challenge

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Byline: By Amanda Crook Health Correspondent

An inspirational woman who refused to let kidney failure rule her life is calling for more people on dialysis to follow her example.

Polly Moseley, 29, from Jesmond, Newcastle, has relied on dialysis for the past nine years. But during that time she has also travelled to 11 countries, including the United States.

She had to obtain special dispensation from Whitehall before becoming the first British student on dialysis to live in France and work as a teaching assistant, as part of her degree course at Oxford University.

And Polly now works full-time encouraging small business start-ups at regional development agency One NorthEast, fitting in 15 hours of dialysis at her mother's home in three sessions a week.

Polly is a committee member of the Tyneside Kidney Patients' Association (TKPA), which wants to improve dialysis facilities and change perceptions of the treatment.

Polly said: "There is also a huge focus on transplants: there is a perception that once you've had a transplant you're fine - but that's simply not true. You need to take drugs for the rest of your life and it doesn't always work.

"So it's a real shame when people put their lives on hold, waiting for a donor. I think if your kidneys fail when you're young you have to make the best of it.

"I think sometimes people don't give dialysis a chance. It can be hard at first, but you soon get used to it. I found it really helped when I was able to manage my own treatment.

"There were times when I was first diagnosed when I could have given up. I could have stopped university and I would have had a valid excuse, but I've not really let it stop me doing anything important to me."

Polly was diagnosed with nephritis when she was 19 and she had to learn how to clean her blood using a fluid-exchange dialysis system in her university bedroom. …

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