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I was found to have a kidney disease called Alports Syndrome. It is typically associated with bilateral nerve deafness. I did not lose kidney function until I was 18 and in my first year of college. I was relatively healthy except for my kidney failure. I was active in athletics in high school and had maintained my fitness until my kidney function deteriorated to the point I was unable to continue heavy physical exertion. I was on renal hemodialysis for approximately 4 months prior to my first transplant.