Our inspiration for creating this charity was Margaret who passed 47 stones over 29 years.
Every kidney stone meant excruciating pain, potential bladder and kidney infections and possible kidney damage and failure. Kidney stone pain is ranked as one of the top 3 pains to endure along with a heart attack and a gall stone. Some kidney stones were so painful for Margaret to pass that losing consciousness happened regularly.
Imagine the number of x rays that were taken of Margaret to establish the cause and site of the pain?
Imagine the numbers of anti-biotic pills that were taken by Margaret to cure infections like cystitis and to protect her kidneys?
Imagine having a full bladder, desperate to urinate but not able too because a stone is blocking the flow?
The final indignity was that Margaret was diagnosed with terminal cancer and during her last 7 weeks here she had to pass a kidney stone - not even in her last few weeks was she spared the additional pain of passing a kidney stone.
Margaret listened to medical advice and tried to research as much as she could to try and reduce the frequency of kidney stones: she took regular exercise and drank copious amounts of water but she struggled to find the help and support she needed and that's why we wanted to create this charity - so that no one else will have to suffer like her.