Mike Balles

Mike Balles

I was diagnosed with ADPKD at thirty-five. While my mom knew her siblings had kidney issues, she thought she did not, since she had no symptoms. It took twenty years for my kidney function to gradually decline. I had a few episodes of cysts popping and kidney stones,...
Gregory Ofiara

Gregory Ofiara

I have survived Polycystic Kidney Disease for nineteen years. Having family support has been critical to my health; my brother-in-law, a better match than my family, was my living donor. His kidney donation was the most meaningful gift I’ve ever received. I am a...
Kim March

Kim March

I was diagnosed with ADPKD at 15 years old following a snowmobiling accident that caused me to rupture a cyst. I am currently 31 years old, working as a firefighter/EMT and going to nursing school while working hard to raise my 10-year-old son. My family has an...
Taylor Stearns

Taylor Stearns

PKD has caused my family so much hardship. Growing up, I watched my mother suffer as her health declined. She was always in so much pain, never wanting to leave the house because she was so uncomfortable. Finally, at age 41 she was put on dialysis, and she was...
Reina Stevens

Reina Stevens

PKD runs in my family. My grandmother ultimately passed as a result of complications with the disease. My mother was diagnosed but it was very well managed until 2006. Within 6 months her kidney function dropped to under 10%. Her best friend Carolyn offered to donate...