In 1988, I was diagnosed with End-Stage Renal Failure. Initially, I was shocked but soon got over that and got on with my life. My youngest son was only six years of age and I had a family to look after. I was given a second chance of life when I received my kidney transplant fifteen years ago and I have never looked back since.
Due to the generosity of my Donor, I was able to go on holidays again, take my children swimming and drive them to the various sports events.
I remember my Donor and my Donor’s family every day and thank them for giving me the gift of life. At a time of such great sadness in their lives, they took the time to think of others and make a decision to donate their loved one’s organs.
I have been involved with other transplant recipients through the World Transplant Games and the European Transplant and Dialysis Games. I have seen, at first hand, how their lives have changed. They are active in all sports and promote organ donation and the subsequent benefit of transplantation for so many.