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Adopting physical activity to help combat end-stage renal disease
  1. Wilson Du
  1. Renalwarrior2016, Alameda, California, United States
  1. Correspondence to Wilson Du, Renalwarrior2016, Alameda, California, United States; wilson.du{at}

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Wilson Du

Alameda, California, USA

Wilson Du is on Instagram at @RenalWarrior2016.

Diagnosis and behavioural shift

I was diagnosed in June 2016 with end-stage renal disease (ESRD). At the time of diagnosis, I was 34 years old, morbidly obese, had serious hypertension, and I felt broken spiritually and physically. I spent the first few months following my diagnosis in a wheelchair, unable to walk, and bedridden for the most part.

Since then, I have conquered many fears, both physically and mentally, and have used my mindset to become a RenalWarrior’. I have trained my body and mind to be more athletic, and thanks to this mindset I have lost over 130 lbs (59 kg) since I was diagnosed. Currently I am undertaking haemodialysis treatment in preparation for a living kidney donor.

The impact of diagnosis

At the time of my diagnosis, I presumed that a simple surgical procedure or taking prescribed medications would fix my health and situation. I was terrified. Initially, this news made me think deeply about my life, if I was happy, and how I would leave this world if I passed. I wanted to do better, but I also wanted to ensure I pass on some goodness in the world, both for my immediate family and for the wider renal community.

Overcoming initial challenges

My main concern initially was to find a way to lose …

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