By Nicki Scholes-Robertson
Nicki Scholes-Robertson is a physiotherapist who lives in Armidale NSW and in 2010 became unwell and it was discovered that she had CKD. She commenced Peritoneal dialysis in 2014 and later in that same year received and living donor transplant form her little brother Drew. She is now studying for a PhD in improving access to dialysis and transplantation for rural and remote Australians.
Having gone from only seeing a Dr if I was having a baby or about once a year, to then the treadmill of specialists, tests, hospital visits, then more doctor’s visits has been a huge change for me. It was a struggle at first as I had always been able to remember things and verbalise my needs well, but especially towards the start of dialysis and the first year of my transplant, this all changed as I felt too unwell at times to remember what I needed to ask or then to remember that information.