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Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Polycystic Kidney Disease (and yes this is about jewelry)

I have a friend with PKD.  Polycystic Kidney Disease.  I'd post a picture of a polycystic kidney, but then you'd stop reading, and that's not what I want, because it's ugly. 

Okay, here's a link.  Don't click if you're squeamish:  Seriously, don't look at this before dinner
Normal kidneys don't look like that, for the record.

PKD is as painful and destructive as it looks, and it leads to kidney failure.  As a reminder, kidneys are important.  You need them to live.   So, trust me when I tell you that  PKD not something you'd like anyone you care about to have.

I'd never heard of it before I met her, but it's more common than you think.   And, as I indicated, it's devastating, and it's debilitating, and there's no cure, and not really any treatments. So, I've been aiding my friend in my own little way with her research fund raising efforts for the past few years.  This year, I want to do more. 

We're working on some PKD awareness jewelry, to be sold in my Etsy shop, with net proceeds to go to PKD research.   

So, instead of graphic pictures of kidneys, here are some more appetizing versions in silver; prototypes of what we're doing. What do you think?  Do you have a preference?  Is a silver kidney just too gory for you?  Do you have a friend or relative with kidney disease? Am I more nuts than usual?

Comments are encouraged and welcomed.  Comments about  the prototypes, not my mental health, that is.
Polished Silver
Silver with Hammered Copper
Pair of Kidneys

Hammered Silver

Did I mention I'd like your feedback?  I want to hear your preferences, people!

And for more information about PKD, check out www.PKDcure.org

Leigh

3 comments:

  1. I love the idea, I have PKD and I'm getting ready for a transplant this fall. I love silver, I think it's the best medium for the jewelry. I think that it should be a little smaller and either a solid shape or paired-kidneys, since we all have two, hopefully! I'd be afraid that the outline only shape would be bent to easily. A solid kidney shape would be more durable and if you did smaller outline shapes that are doubled, like above, they should be more sturdy. I would proudly were one of your creations. Please let us know what you decide on and when they'll be available!
    Thanks,
    Tami

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  2. Thanks for the feedback, Tami! The outlines are actually pretty sturdy once fused, and I'm going to make them out of a slightly thicker wire, so they should be very durable.

    Right now, I think I'm going to have a single kidney or a pair of kidneys, with a choice of hammered or smooth finish.

    I'll post when they're available in my shop--should be in about two weeks.

    Good luck with your transplant--here's hoping for a great outcome!

    Leigh

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