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Troy's story

Troy didn't realise he was living with kidney disease until it was too late.

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"I was 26-years-old when I was diagnosed with kidney disease. I had never heard about kidney failure and wasn't sure what it was. Looking back, I had symptoms for many years but I wasn’t taught the warning signs"

After a weekend away, Troy noticed his legs had swelled up prompting him to visit the doctor. Within two weeks, his life was turned upside down with the diagnosis of kidney disease.

Within 12 months, Troy commenced dialysis - four days a week for three hours. In 2008, he received a life-changing kidney transplant, this kidney lasted two years before it too failed and Troy needed to resume dialysis.

"I have been fighting this disease for 18 years. Still a lot of my friends do not know what I go through on a daily basis."

The road has not been easy for Troy, he has had his spleen and parathyroid removed, lives with heart and digestive issues, and general fatigue. He follows a strict diet and fluid management plan.

However tired or deflated he is, Troy, is a big advocate for people living with kidney disease through his incredible fundraising efforts and sharing his story to raise awareness.