Sunday, 24 October 2010

First year milestone passed

It is 6 mins into day 366 post op, which means I'm into year 2. Thank you to everyone for your support, kindness and friendship over the last year.

This time last year I was off the ventilator in the critical care unit and Vicky was just heading off along with my sister for some sleep having completed a nerve wracking 24 hours.

Tonight we celebrated with last minute tickets to Avenue Q in the west end - utterly hilarious and very rude...with muppets!

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Friday, 22 October 2010

Donor Day

October 22nd 2009. The day before my transplant in the early hours of 23rd October, and in fact the day I got my call at ten to midnight. On this day, somewhere, probably in the South or East of England, a tragedy happened and a family lost a son, daughter, wife, husband, mother, father, brother, sister, niece, nephew, cousin... Of course I still don't know to this day the identity of my donor, but every year on this day I will feel sorrow and sympathy for that family, mixed with incredible humility and gratitude. Tomorrow I shall celebrate the first anniversary of my new life; today I mourn my donor's death. Out of death came a gift. Out of a gift came life.

This experience has been the closest thing to a miracle that there is. Please join the donor register now and let others have the chance to live and love some more.