young woman’s life was flipped upside down in a day after being diagnosed with
October, Amina Parker, from Kensington in Cape Town, started battling with
exhaustion, nausea, and migraines but
thought it was due to stress and anxiety she’d experienced at work.
“Being in a
stressful work environment and working overtime every
day made me ignore my initial symptoms as I thought I suffered from
anxiety and fatigue due to my workload,” Amina told YOU. “But this wasn’t the
symptoms persisted the concerned 24-year-old consulted a doctor, who ran a full
set of blood tests.
is a digital marketing manager, wasn’t ready for the news she was about to
She was at a
bridal shower when she received a phone call from her doctor requesting that
she immediately come to the hospital because
there was an “issue” with her kidneys.
forward a few hours, factor in another blood test and a lot of patience while
waiting for the emergency doctor to come and see me.
“I was told
my creatinine levels were incredibly high due to my kidneys failing and that
I’d need to be a lot more careful with what I eat going forward,” Amina says.
with kidney failure, she was immediately put on a treatment plan by
stunned hearing her diagnosis and tried her best to make sense of the situation
she found herself in, Amina says.
shocked. I couldn't understand how this had happened when I was a perfectly
healthy 23-year-old at the time.
“I went from
being healthy to having 13 percent kidney
function in a day. I couldn't really wrap my head around why and how this had
toughest part about everything is that the doctors couldn’t find a cause for my
kidney failure and up until today they still have no idea why they failed,” she
Amina, who’s been on dialysis, she needed a kidney transplant and that’s when
her entire household offered to donate one of their kidneys to her.
and three siblings all were tested and luckily both her dad and eldest brother
were a match.
“But both needed to lose weight in order to donate. My
father lost enough weight and they started doing all the tests.
“When I found out that he was a good match to donate, I was
very relieved. I started counting down the days till my transplant. I was so
relieved that I wouldn’t need to do dialysis anymore,” she says.
Amina had her kidney transplant in November and says her
recovery has gone “very well”.
“The doctors are very happy with my results and my father’s
kidney is doing wonders.
“My numbers have all stabilised
and even my blood pressure is starting to come down quite a bit.
“The one tough part about recovery is getting used to the
anti-rejection medication as you take more than 15 tablets a day and they all
have their own side effects. Other than that, I feel amazing,” she says.
After her diagnosis, Amina, who had to change her diet and
daily activities, started her blog “The girl with kidney failure” to raise
awareness of the condition.
“I decided I wanted to create awareness around kidney
failure,” she says.
“I also couldn’t find many real-life
stories online to relate to, which is why I started the blog. “