As I filed into the auditorium I was struck that the last time I'd been there was in my wheelchair and on oxygen. This time I walked without help of any kind, breathing with new lungs. We were seated and watched a short film of students talking about their experiences, for the first time that day I began to feel tears in my eyes. They spoke to the graduates about how there were times on there journey when they would have experienced challenges and wanted to give up but how determination had brought us to this graduation day. To be there was a complete dream, I beamed as I walked across the stage, heart beating out of my chest and received my degree. Later a young girl of around my age who had mobility issues was helped across the stage leaning on her mum for support, as she exited she took a seat in her wheelchair and the relief on her face at finally sitting down was so familiar. Again I started to cry at how lucky I am to be where I am, and continued to do so through the rest of the ceremony. That could so easily have been me and just as easily I could never have had my name read out at all. I am incredibly blessed to have had this dream come true. I said a little thank you to my donor and their incredible generosity to have allowed me this chance, I hope they were proud of what I achieved.
Thank you to everyone who sent me tweets, messages, cards and gifts of congratulations it has been incredible and overwhelming. You're all so generous.
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Huge congratulations to my fellow graduates, we did it!!!!