In February of 2016, at just 24 years old, Josh was diagnosed with Wegener’s disease, or granulomatosis with polyangiitis (GPA), a rare blood vessel disorder that cuts blood flow to the body’s major organs. In Josh’s case, it’s his kidneys.
“I was getting sick every morning and in so much pain,” Josh recalled. Typically Mr. Outdoors, he could barely make it out of bed for a week, so Josh went to the ER and was told he had an ulcer. His symptoms worsened quickly, and by Valentine’s Day, his primary care doctor explained he was in kidney failure.