You know Transplant week is such a great opportunity to get the word out about organ donation, the the severe lack of donors in this country and the amount of families that don't consent to organ donation when their loved one has passed. This year I am seeing so many wonderful stories about people who got their call and are now on the other side celebrating their new life, getting used to their new routines and essentially their newly acquired condition because for those of you that don't actually know transplant isn't a cure for any of us. It may seem like that because a lot of people go from literally being at deaths door to someone full of life and colour but what transplant actually is, is a trade. What does that mean? Well transplant is for most of us a swap from one condition to another but the trade should provide us with a much better quality of life; working organs that just need a little bit of help staying in good nick from a few pills rather than the non functioning ones we have or had. For those with Cystic Fibrosis it isn't even a trade they will still have cystic fibrosis even after a transplant, transplant just buys them hopefully a lot more time.
I'm seeing lots of my friends stories again and they remind me of how excited I was when their calls happened and how far they have come in the time since their transplants I feel like a proud mum or sister. It makes me so happy seeing them do everything they wanted to do and living the lives they always wanted to live, making the most of it because they know how fragile and precious life is. As wonderful as it is to see all these success stories it makes me think about all the people we've lost along the way. One thousand of us waiting for a transplant die A YEAR waiting for organs that sadly don't come in time, that is THREE people A DAY. There's around 7000 of us waiting at the moment and there's really no need for us to die if more people said yes to organ donation.
I was a bit sad Sunday because I was seeing all these stories and I just so wanted be able to be one of those success stories, I remember last year thinking "next year I can make a collage of my before and after for transplant week." I hate still being stuck in the before story part of my life. As most of you will know I don't like relying on people I like to do things for myself but transplant is something I have zero control over I can't magically make my transplant happen. I have to rely on some poor family out there somewhere going through the most terrible moment of their lives to say yes to help someone they do not know and probably never will know and make it the best day of my life. I try not to think about it too much because it is just such a awful thing to think about and I can't imagine how much courage it must take to try and push through that grief and actually say yes.
I just hope Transplant week gives some people that courage.
- If you want to check out some amazing peoples stories there's a group which I am a part of where lots of people have shared their amazing and inspiring stories Heart Transplant Families UK they're a wonderful bunch.
- For those of you who would like to sign up to be organ donors you can click HERE but please if you do, make sure you let your families know that's what you want.
Chat soon guys