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[Our Kidney Community] have all really enriched my life just by being a part of it.

David Jones suffered from Meningococcal Septicaemia, which led to kidney failure. This is his story.

My name is David Jones. I like going on adventures, and am a fan of progressive rock music! My story began when I was diagnosed with Meningococcal Septicaemia whilst travelling. This ultimately led to my kidney failure. I spent roughly two years on dialysis, and recently underwent a kidney transplant.

I feel lucky to say my experience with Chronic Kidney Disease hasn’t dramatically impacted my life, besides my ability to travel. Fortunately, my life is pretty much the same today as it was before my diagnosis, there are a lot of hospital check-ups though.

Our kidney community here in Wales is made up of some truly amazing people. I’ve gained and learned a lot through them. I have certainly met a lot of interesting people, patients and supporters alike. They have all really enriched my life just by being a part of it.

I know I have so much to look forward to. My plans will hopefully involve being able to travel again, safely, post lockdown. I’m excited to take on a new career challenge too, I would love to find a job suited to my personality type. My dream is to become a Mountain Leader, my tip to anyone going through a similar situation is to keep following your dreams and aspirations.