Four years ago, my life and my family's life changed when I was diagnosed with Polycystic Kidney Disease, a genetic disease that causes innumerable cysts to form on the kidneys, eventually resulting in kidney failure. With no family history of the disease (I'd actually never even heard of it) the diagnosis came as a shock.
Even more shocking was the first prognosis that I received: I'd be on medication the rest of my life, struggle to conceive any more children and I'd need a kidney transplant by the time I was 50. I was lucky to find a team of medical professionals who have guided me through a strict diet and a routine that incorporates lots of exercise. The result is that I have been medication-free and have had a perfectly normal pregnancy and delivery. These are lots of positives, but there is still much more to do.
I am dedicated to fighting PKD every day and, more importantly, demonstrating to my children that chronic disease neither defines who you are nor defines your goals and dreams. There is currently no cure and no treatment for PKD. And this is where I need your help.
Living with a chronic disease is a marathon, complete with successes and struggles. After a summer of struggling with the disease (chronic back pain and periodic cyst bursts come with the territory), I committed myself to another approach in my fight: raise money for the PKD Foundation. The PKD Foundation is the only organization in the U.S. solely dedicated to finding treatments and a cure for PKD….and they are so close!
So, on January 28, my marathon will continue--though in the half-marathon form--as I participate in the Miami Half Marathon. In honor of my run and in fighting PKD, I have a goal of raising $1,310 $2,620, or $100 $200 for every mile. All proceeds will go directly to the PKD Foundation to find a cure.
Please make a difference and donate today!