By Jim Myers, Transplant Recipient and Kidney Advocacy Committee advocate
My name is James Myers and I’m a polycystic kidney disease (PKD) patient. PKD is an inherited form of chronic kidney disease where liquid filled cysts form on one’s kidneys. Most often it leads to high blood pressure, abdominal pain, and then kidney failure.
I was diagnosed at the age of 25, almost 40 years ago. PKD runs in my family. I’ve lost five members of my family to PKD, including my Dad. When he passed away in 1983, I was tested. On a simple x-ray, they were able to detect the large cysts on both of my kidneys. This came as a blow to me, then a young practicing attorney. I was referred to Indiana University Health in Indianapolis. They put me on high blood pressure medication, on a renal diet, and took blood and urine from me…
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