Diary of a Kidney Warrior Podcast

Created in partnership with Kidney Care UK, Diary of a Kidney Warrior Podcast covers all aspects of living with chronic kidney disease.

Diary of a Kidney Warrior Podcast: episode 1

Diary of a Kidney Warrior Podcast: episode 1

"In launching my podcast, I wanted to bring to the table what I learned from my 20 years of working in the NHS as part of a multi-disciplinary team in speech and occupational therapy. I wanted to draw on my own negative health experiences, empowering others to be their own health manager and not a passive observer of their own medical care. I wanted to take the listener back to day one, the day their life changed forever when they were told that their kidneys were failing, when they weren’t in the emotional or psychological place to process the information they were being given, and create something that they could listen back to as many times as they needed to. I wanted to explore all areas of kidney disease and talk about difficult and sensitive subjects, but always with the message of hope."

Dee Moore's Kidney Warrior Story

Dee Moore was diagnosed with stage 4 chronic kidney disease (CKD) in 2018. She decided to share her journey online, creating a vlog before moving into podcasting in the summer of 2020. Her Diary of a Kidney Warrior Podcast is now created in partnership with Kidney Care UK.

Dee says: “When I was discharged from hospital and was feeling lost, the first organisation that I reached out to was Kidney Care UK. To be able to pay that support forward and work together with Kidney Care UK who supported me in my hour of need to help my fellow Kidney Warriors is really an honour.

"Every aspect of CKD is open for exploration in the podcast and I have covered subjects such as mental health, sleep hygiene, understanding renal blood test results, deceased and living organ donation, and advice for newly diagnosed kidney warriors. I hope that listeners will feel educated, empowered and inspired to thrive within their own kidney warrior journey.”

The interviews in the podcast are intimate and informative, and each episode explores different aspects of kidney disease. It also aims to be encouraging and uplifting. Whether you live with kidney disease, or a family or friend does, this podcast will help you learn more.

Diary of a Kidney Warrior Podcast: listen now

New episodes of Diary of Kidney Warrior Podcast are available to download every other Monday from Podbean, Apple Podcast and Spotify. You can also listen to episodes on YouTube.

  • Kay’s kidney warrior story: a journey through kidney disease and pregnancy

    Episode 110

    Kay’s kidney warrior story: a journey through kidney disease and pregnancy

    Osteopath Kay Allardyce shares her personal journey of living with chronic kidney disease (CKD). Kay discusses her diagnosis, dialysis, and eventual transplantation. She also shares her experiences with planning a family, pregnancy and childbirth while living with CKD. Kay's story is an inspiration to others who are living with CKD and considering starting a family.

  • Babies with kidney disease: navigating uncertainty during pregnancy onwards

    Episode 109

    Babies with kidney disease: navigating uncertainty during pregnancy onwards

    Dr Jan joins to Dee shed light on the anxiety parents experience when kidney abnormalities are detected at the 20-week scan, the importance of ongoing monitoring and the challenges of managing chronic kidney disease (CKD) in newborns.

  • Khiry's kidney warrior story

    Episode 108

    Khiry's kidney warrior story

    Lupus volunteer and Kidney Peer Supporter Khiry Rowe-Hopkins bravely opens up about his personal journey battling lupus and chronic kidney disease (CKD). In this heartfelt account, Khiry sheds light on the challenges he faced and the strength he found to overcome these health conditions. Discover how Khiry's resilience and determination have not only shaped his own life but also inspired others facing similar challenges.

  • Senet’s kidney warrior story: a life-changing journey from dialysis to transplantation

    Episode 107

    Senet’s kidney warrior story: a life-changing journey from dialysis to transplantation

    Senet Kassaye joins Dee Moore to share her inspirational Kidney Warrior story: Senet shares about having a sudden diagnosis of kidney failure, choosing to delay starting dialysis, choosing not to have a fistula, organ donation and more!

  • Emma's kidney warrior story

    Episode 106

    Emma's kidney warrior story

    In this episode, we feature the courageous experiences of young peritoneal dialysis patient, Emma Kearns. Emma shares her journey from early kidney disease diagnosis through her struggle with sepsis, kidney failure and adaptation to an ableist workspace. Her powerful story is not just about the trials and troubles, but also a narrative of resilience, courage, and determination.

  • Fez’s kidney warrior story

    Episode 105

    Fez’s kidney warrior story

    In this episode, host Dee Moore speaks with Fez Awan who was born with chronic kidney disease (CKD) and has had three kidney transplants. Fez shares about the enormous challenges he has faced across his life, including being bullied at school, and how he dealt with CKD as a child. He also tells us about the importance of seeking out support networks and how he looks after his own mental health. Despite hardships, Fez remains defiant in the face of CKD and is a keen advocate for kidney patients.

  • Introduction to Peritoneal Dialysis

    Episode 104

    Introduction to Peritoneal Dialysis

    This episode dives deep into the nuances of peritoneal dialysis, dissecting how it operates and who it might suit. Dee Moore shares her personal experiences with peritoneal dialysis and Dr Lavanya Kamesh, a Consultant Nephrologist with a 15-year specialisation in peritoneal dialysis provides an expert perspective.

  • The magic curtain… or is it?

    Episode 103

    The magic curtain… or is it?

    In this episode, Dee shares her personal observations and insightful commentary, giving you a unique perspective on what it's like to navigate the healthcare system as a patient. Get ready to be inspired and informed as Dee sheds light on the challenges faced by hospital inpatients.

  • 2023 highlights part 2: advice and encouragement by health professionals

    Episode 102

    2023 highlights part 2: advice and encouragement by health professionals

    This episode showcases snippets from interviews with health professionals who provide invaluable advice and uplifting words. Hear first-hand from these experts as they share their insights and encouragement, helping you navigate kidney disease.

  • 2023 Highlights: advice and encouragement by kidney warriors

    Episode 101

    2023 Highlights: advice and encouragement by kidney warriors

    Be inspired and empowered by '2023 Highlights: Advice & Encouragement by Kidney Warriors'. This captivating episode features highlights from the kidney warrior story interviews released in 2023, a must for anyone seeking motivation and insight in their journey of battling kidney disease. This episode features encouragement and advice from: • Rob Sieradzski (Episode 78: Rob’s kidney warrior story) • Megan and Andrew (Episode 79: Megan and Andrew’s story) • Esra Celik (Episode 81: Esra’s kidney warrior story) • Ruban Nathan (Episode 83: Ruban’s kidney warrior story) • Laura McKay (Episode 88: Laura’s kidney warrior story) • Dione Bullard (Episode 92: Dione’s kidney warrior story) • Andy Jones (Episode 94: Andy’s kidney warrior story) • Darren Ferguson (Episode 99: Darren’s kidney warrior story) • Dee Moore (Diary of a Kidney Warrior episode 100 Part 2)

  • 100th episode special: part 2

    Episode 100

    100th episode special: part 2

    Celebrate the second and concluding part of the 100th episode of Diary of a Kidney Warrior Podcast with this extra special live audience recording! This episode is packed with valuable insights and heartfelt moments. Consultant Transplant Surgeon Dr Frank Dor (Episodes 21 and 37) discusses pre-emptive kidney transplantation and living donor kidney transplantation. Kidney Care UK CEO, Paul Bristow (Episode 8) speaks about the origins of Kidney Care UK and the Charity's vision. DOKWP host Dee Moore is interviewed about her health journey and fight for her own life, the heart of Diary of a Kidney Warrior Podcast, her partnership with Kidney Care UK, choosing to live and more! This extra special episode is available in both audio and visual formats on YouTube.

  • 100th episode special: part 1

    Episode 100

    100th episode special: part 1

    Celebrate the 100th episode of Diary of a Kidney Warrior Podcast with this extra special live audience recording! Join Dee Moore as she interviews past guests Jerome Espy, Aunty Pat Simoyi BEM, Phoenix Halliwell and Sarah Oakley from Kidney Care UK. Get an inside look at the inspiring stories and experiences of these incredible individuals. From kidney warriors to medical clinicians, this episode is packed with valuable insights and heartfelt moments.

  • Darren’s kidney warrior story part 2

    Episode 99

    Darren’s kidney warrior story part 2

    Chef and drummer, Darren Ferguson, joins Dee Moore in the second of a two part series to chat about his remarkable kidney warrior story of receiving six kidney transplants.

  • Darren’s kidney warrior story part 1

    Episode 98

    Darren’s kidney warrior story part 1

    Chef and drummer, Darren Ferguson, joins Dee Moore in the first of a two part series to chat about his remarkable kidney warrior story of receiving six kidney transplants.

  • Occupational therapy and chronic kidney disease (CKD)

    Episode 97

    Occupational therapy and chronic kidney disease (CKD)

    Clinical Lead Occupational Therapist for the Renal & Urology Team, Lisa Ancliffe, joins Dee Moore to discuss occupational therapy and chronic kidney disease (CKD).

  • Podiatry and chronic kidney disease (CKD)

    Episode 96

    Podiatry and chronic kidney disease (CKD)

    Specialist Podiatrist Ovie Azanuwha joins Dee Moore to share information about podiatry and chronic kidney disease (CKD).

  • Anaemia and chronic kidney disease (CKD)

    Episode 95

    Anaemia and chronic kidney disease (CKD)

    Renal Anaemia Specialist Nurse Sini George joins Dee Moore to discuss chronic kidney disease (CKD) and anaemia.

  • Andy's kidney warrior story

    Episode 94

    Andy's kidney warrior story

    Managing Director Andy Jones joins Dee Moore to share his inspirational kidney warrior story of receiving a kidney through the UK living kidney sharing scheme.

  • Cost of living crisis: Priced Out of Existence part 2

    Episode 93

    Cost of living crisis: Priced Out of Existence part 2

    Kidney Care UK’s Policy Director, Fiona Loud joins Dee Moore to share an update about the cost of living crisis, home dialysis reimbursement and the impact on the lives of home dialysis patients.

  • Dione's kidney warrior story

    Episode 92

    Dione's kidney warrior story

    Chef and jazz singer Dione Bullard joins Dee Moore to talk about his inspirational kidney warrior story.

  • Needling for beginners part 3: Listener-led episode

    Episode 91

    Needling for beginners part 3: Listener-led episode

    Former Haemodialysis Nurse Katie Fielding returns to the Diary of a Kidney Warrior Podcast to answer the questions sent in by the podcast listeners in this final part of the series about haemodialysis needling.