By Grace Clackson
In recent years, exercise was not on my radar. Like many others, I was busy balancing work and family. Honestly, I thought regular gym dates were only for overweight people. It wasn’t always this way — I loved dancing growing up but just couldn’t make room for it in my adult life.
But all of that changed in 2010.
I found myself more and more fatigued and around the same time my mother died from polycystic kidney disease (PKD), I learned I too had inherited the genetic kidney disorder. Most people with PKD, a chronic kidney disease where clusters of cysts develop primarily within the kidneys, get the disease between their 50’s and 60’s.
I was on the verge of kidney failure at 44 years of age.
If you want to understand the work of Alvin Roth, of Harvard and Stanford, and Lloyd Shapley of U.C.L.A., who share this year’s Nobel Prize in economics for their work on markets and matching theory and specifically, “for the theory of stable allocations and the practice of market design” watch Roth’s 2007 Google Tech Talk here:
In it, he touches on, among other things, why eating horse meat in California is illegal (but eating cockroaches isn’t) as well as his pioneering work as a founder of The New England Program for Kidney Exchange, a registry and matching system that helps connect compatible kidney donors and recipients.
On his blog, Market Design today, Roth notes that blogging may be temporarily delayed: “Count me as surprised…”