April 27 marks a very special day for Jim Myers. On this day in 2016, he received the kidney transplant that changed his life.
In this episode of Kent’s Kidney Stories, Jim recalls the moments leading directly up to his transplant, as well as his goals post-transplant. He shares the exact thoughts running through his head when he got the call that he had been longing for, as well as how grateful he is that he currently has to take less medication than ever before.
To hear more of Jim’s inspiring story, listen to the full podcast here.
Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) runs in Jim’s family. He has lost 5 family members to PKD, including his father. Because of his family’s history, he was diagnosed at the age of 25, and was able to put off dialysis until the age of 58. He was on dialysis for 4 years and received a kidney transplant on April 27, 2016.
Jim is currently employed by the Crown Point Community School Corporation as a substitute teacher. He enjoys working with children, especially those with special needs. Jim is a very active kidney advocate with many organizations. His specialty is the ability to utilize social media to help fellow kidney patients and to raise awareness of the plights of the kidney patient. He is a very experienced advocate both at home and on Capitol Hill with his members of Congress.