Anup Nahar's Story
" We always like to believe that our families and friends are protected and will live forever, never really entertaining thoughts of 'what if ...' "
But what tomorrow holds nobody knows, only God. We can plan all we want for the future, and it is good to have a plan but that is all it is - a plan.
I never really gave kidneys and their function a single thought, that is until approximately 9 years ago - 1994.
My Grandmother, Bibi - was always a picture of health, to me she was always totally perfect. Strong, determined, confident, giving and very loving.
It was a shock to our family, when she suffered a heart attack which eventually led to her kidneys to work less effectively. At one time the doctors painted a very grim picture indeed. But thankfully, against many odds, my Grandma pulled through.
But because of the reduced kidney function my Grandma was put on CAPD (Continuous Ambulatory Peritoneal Dialysis).
My family are Hindus - although not very strict. During this time I felt myself searching for God, I have always believed in a higher power.
I was sleeping at the hospital in a chair by the side of my Grandma, another family member would come in for the morning and I would go to work; we all had shifts. Together we ensured our Grandma was never alone. It was difficult being away from my Grandma, I would drive past various religious establishments and just sit and pause - literally begging for my Grandma's healing and life.
It was during this time that I came to know the Lord Jesus Christ as my Lord and Saviour, I felt such a freedom, I felt like a bird realised from a cage. I knew in my heart that He would take care of my Grandma and indeed He did, here on earth I saw so many miracles in my Grandma's life. And God's words are eternal - in July 2002 God took my Grandma home, He still looks after my Grandma only now she is in her Heavenly eternal home, with Him forevermore.
Feeling very alone and empty without my Grandma, I started to really research Kidney conditions. I read about a campaign called ABLE (A Better Life) launched at the House of Commons in December 2001 - aimed at South Asians and African Caribbean's. This is an initiative by The National Kidney Research Fund. The ultimate aim of the ABLE campaign is to reduce the incidence of end-stage renal failure in this group of people.
This led me to research kidney conditions and Asians.
I also started to help out another relative, my Grandma's sister-in-law. She too lived with a kidney problem, she too had been on CAPD but had a kidney transplant about 8 years ago. She also had diabetes, which I understand, complicates much.
In April 2003, she too left for her eternal home in Heaven above.
I decided in honour and memory of both these very special ladies I would raise funds to donate to The National Kidney Research Fund and to raise Kidney awareness.
The walk is called, "Walk in Love and Hope" ......... in Love because for our family it is to honour both these fantastic ladies, and in Hope because we want to raise awareness and hopefully reduce the incidence level of kidney conditions in the Asian communities.
If you would like to raise funds/awareness and walk with us please contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org.
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