by Melissa Darnley
Well, all the Catholic youth have split Sydney town to go home for a wash and a good feed after the World Youth Day celebrations. Not being of any great religious bent I was actually quite amazed at the exuberance and good will that overtook Sydney last week. It was fantastic to see all these kids having a great time without (I guess for the majority) needing to imbibe in copious quantities of sex, drugs and alcohol. One enterprising young Christian with a passion for public speaking took his message into the pub (hotel?) where he preached from a stage whilst the young pilgrims could partake of a few Aussie ales!
Australian Dialysis Buddies has had an extremely active week. Just when you think there is nobody out there anymore they all come flocking back to aid a young member Erin, who brought up a very important concern for many.
She was concerned about starting a new relationship with a young man and dealing with the issues she already deals with on dialysis. She has a young child and left the child's father soon after starting dialysis (due to a number of issues including dialysis) and now was wondering whether she should start this new relationship as she had not told the gentleman anything about her health and treatments yet.
Of courses, the Buddies all gave her lots of encouragement and the depths of peoples thoughts and concerns for Erin was truly heart warming.