Guest Post – Vanessa Cullen
Like many people with Polycystic Kidney Disease, I was not aware of having this affliction until my thirties and were it not for martial arts, I may not have found out until my kidney function seriously started to decline. This is a common story as PKD often shows no outward symptoms until mid life and our bodies can seem quite well right up until near failure.
Here’s my diagnosis story:
It was November 2012 and I was training six days a week. In just a few weeks I was going for my Jujutsu black belt grading. Being thrown to the floor was a near daily occurrence. It was without a thought that I hit the ground to start my warm up that Saturday afternoon.